Why is it important to play with your dog?
Is there a link between the amount of play a dog receives and his behavior? Well, a study from February 2017 revealed just that.
The University of Bristol has been studying the behavior of more than 4000 dogs and it showed that play is essential for a dog’s well being. Also, the owners that didn’t play enough with their furry-friends observed behavioral issues in their dogs such as aggression, anxiety or a need to escape. While this last problem can be fixed by installing tall fences which are impossible to climb and products from our website, that will prevent a dog from digging under the fence, the other two can only be fixed by changing both your and your pup’s habits, and one of which is play time.
If you’re trying to find different ways to play with your four-legged friend, here are some pieces of advice:
Play with their smell – try hiding different treats or simply play hide and seek games by hiding and calling your pup, once you’ve found a nice spot to conceal yourself. This game can also be used as a mental exercise.
Tug of war – you’ve certainly played this game when you were a child. All you need is a rope or a towel, something that won’t harm your pooch’s mouth and you will keep him happy for hours. Tug is also a great way to challenge your dog both mentally and physically.
Play using interactive toys – such as food dispensing toys, which will keep your dog concentrated and excited about them and will also stimulate his mind.
Give your pup some simple chores – like carrying your bag when you go shopping or putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket. Although you’ll require a lot of patience in order to train your dog to do tasks like these, he will enjoy helping you, once he understands what he needs to do.
Take him out on playdates – when you’re in the park walking your dog, you’ll notice that your pup will get along better with some dogs and not so much with others. Try scheduling play dates with the ones he copes with, so he will have a playing companion and start making friends.
The classic ‘play with a ball‘ – Dogs simply love playing with balls. It doesn’t matter which type of ball you decide to buy – either a tennis ball or a soccer ball – your pup will enjoy chasing it an bringing it back to you after you throw it. It will literally keep him busy for hours on end.
And let’s not forget about walking – You pup enjoys walking. Taking him out and simply walking in the park will seem like play time for him. Try visiting new places once in a while, in order to introduce him to new places, people, smells, dogs and so on.
These seven tips will help you keep your dog busy and by doing so, he will become more obedient and will cause fewer behavior problems.