How should I play with my dog?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Purposeful Playtime For Your Dog

Play is a natural and fun way to interact with your dog. Constructive playtime can be an important part of how your dog learns to relate with other dogs and people.

Enriching Your Dog’s Life

A session of purposeful play can introduce your dog to novelty and enrichment, like new smells, a variety of new textures, or new toys that can offer him unique and beneficial challenges when they're not presented in an overwhelming manner.

Positive Stimulation

In addition, providing safe access to the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors may stimulate a dog in a positive way.

Avoiding Overstimulation

Usually play is beneficial although play that's too aggressive or that lasts for too long can lead to overstimulation. A good tip is to end a play session while your dog is still having a great time. This leaves him excited for his next session, rather than exhausted. 

Finding fun and constructive ways to play with your dog is one of the best parts of being a dog owner.

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