Play with your dog and
Dogs do not misbehave because they're spiteful, or are out to
annoy or anger you. They just behave in a manner which is expected of a dog!
The fact is that dog behavioural problems that we can’t stand are not
problems at all to the dogs. In fact, do you know that dogs “misbehave” for a reason or two? To list a
1. Dogs bark because they have something to say, something to
2. Dogs dig because they smell something underneath the
3. Dogs chew because they are teething and are feeling
4. Dogs chase after moving objects because they are following
For your information, most dogs
actually misbehaved (in our eyes) because of the lack of care, concern and training from their very own
They aren't called man's best friend for nothing! Having a dog
can lengthen your life, lower your stress levels and just generally improve your quality of life.
Playing together is an important part of being together and
having a happy, healthy dog. One thing pet behaviourists agree on is how important it is to play regularly
together. Aside from the bonding it encourages, it will also strengthen the understanding and respect between you
and your pet.
There are plenty of ways you can play with your dog. Some
games might even have the added benefit of teaching your beloved pet a new skill, or develop another. All you need
is some imagination, some time and of course treats always help too!
One of the timeless classics is 'fetch'. This is a wonderful
way to teach your dog to follow directions and play a game which does not involve too much from you. With some
practice you can even lie back in the sun and throw a ball (or any object) for your pet to return. Teaching your
pet to fetch can test the patience of even the most patient owner! If you are serious about it most dogs can learn
to participate in this simple game.
You will want to start off with one of your dogs favourite
toys, and a treat. Practicing the 'drop it' command first will help! Used together this can be a good way to teach
your dog. Throw the item and when the dog brings it back to you - shower him with praise. He will get the idea
after a while.
It's best to try these things in small sessions. Fifteen
minutes a day of practicing the 'fetch' command and your dog should be able to get it right.
There are other ways you can play with your dog which aren’t
as frustrating as the fetch game.
Games which encourage tracking and seeking out items are good
for your pet too. You can hide a treat and then practice the sit command. On your command the dog goes and seeks
out the treat you have hidden. Hide many treats and encourage them to find the treats as quickly as they
Every owner has special games that they play with their dogs.
There are all kinds of variations on many of the tried and tested games. You will have many of your own special
games that you play together, just keep creative and remember that your dog is a puppy inside forever - they love
to play with you!
Dogs are social creatures and regular game playing can bring
out the best in your dog. There's nothing like a wagging tail to put a smile on your face!