Dog and Puppy – Lifestyle and Play 2017-10-30T21:31:46+00:00

Lifestyle and Play

Dogs are social animals and one of the ways they build and learn about relationships and communication is through play. Playing with your dog regularly will teach you about your dog’s personality and strengthen the bond between you. By preventing boredom, providing exercise and giving an outlet for your dog’s natural instincts – play can ensure inappropriate behaviour does not develop.

Dogs are social animals and one of the ways they build and learn about relationships and communication is through play. Playing with your dog regularly will teach you about your dog’s personality and strengthen the bond between you. By preventing boredom, providing exercise and giving an outlet for your dog’s natural instincts – play can ensure inappropriate behaviour does not develop.

Dogs like to play different games, often depending on dog’s personality and/or breed. Watch what your dog does when excited. Does your dog chase, grab or pounce on things? Experiment with a few different toys and, using a toy, mimic your dog’s natural play behaviour.

Charlie, my Springer Spaniel is ball mad and likes to carry toys around. Give him a ball and he is in his element, he loves to please so playing Fetch or playing Flyball is a great game for him. For Flyball and Agility Classes you can enjoy locally check www.lisadogs.co.uk

Whatever  toys you decide to use, make sure they are suitable for your dog. Check the toys regularly to ensure there are no small parts that could be chewed off and swallowed. It is also a good idea to have selection of toys and swap them every few days to keep your dog interested

With a huge range of toys available at The Pet Corner, we offer something for everyone. From soft toys, tuggers, balls and launchers to Kong’s, puzzles and interactive toys we have the lot. We even have natural recipes that you can use in a ‘Kong’ that will keep your dog occupied whilst giving enjoyment too!<

Basic rules of play

Before you begin to play make sure you can easily take things away from your dog.  If not, teach the ‘leave’ command.

  • Don’t play rough and tumble wrestling games or allow your dog to chase children. Both are exciting for your dog but can encourage games that are out of your control.
  • Keep toys below waist height so that you don’t encourage your dog to jump up
  • Have frequent, daily, play sessions at home and when out for walks
  • Play in short bursts of up to five minutes and finish whilst your dog is still keen to play
  • When playing use an exciting voice with lots of praise and encouragement
  • For dogs that are keen to play only start the game when they are doing something you want – such as lying down quietly. This will encourage good behaviour.
  • Tidy toys away at the end of each play session
  • Never force your dog to play
  • Have fun!

Unfortunately, some dogs do not know how to play. It may be that your dog has had other dogs to play with or hasn’t learned to play with toys as a puppy.  If you are unsure how to instigate play or how to train your dog to ‘Leave’, Sit, Wait during play, then please contact one of our recommended trainers on the links below.

www.lisadogs.co.uk