Posted by: | October 27, 2010

Games with your dog.

Hello Friends,

We all know that dogs require a great amount of exercise and attention daily.  Most important is the quality of the time spent with your dog.  It isn’t enough to just be hanging out in the same room.  Dogs need quality time to strengthen your bond and relationship.

Games are a great way to improve quality time with your dog.  Games not only strengthen your relationship, but will also keep your dog entertained.  The last thing we want is for your dog to be bored.  That’s when they can sometimes get into trouble (chewing, digging, barking, etc.).  Remember dogs need stimulation.

Games can also be used as a way to reward your dog for great behavior.  It doesn’t always matter which game you decide to play, your dog will receive both attention and affection.  Two things dogs love the most.

Tug-of-war is one of my favorite games to play.  It’s a great game used to build confidence in shy dogs.  Just remember to let them win.  Also, if you have a friend or relative that your dog is shy around, have them play a few rounds of this game.  It can start the foundation of a great relationship.

Caution:  If you have a dog with aggressive tendencies, refrain from playing this game.  It can often add to the aggressive behavior.

Chase is one of my dog’s favorite games.  She loves to be chased, and loves the attention of being chased.  Plus, it’s a GREAT way to tire your dog out quickly, and that is what all dog owners LOVE, a tired dog.

Muffin tin.  Does anyone you know play this game with their dog?  Like most people who enjoy puzzles, most dogs love a great thinking challenge.  Take a standard muffin tin, place a small treat in front of your dog’s nose and then hide it under one of the cups in the upside down muffin tin.  Let your dog sniff the tin and choose which cup it’s under, show her when she is correct.  Then give her the prize, and a lot of praise.

I look forward to adding more games to this list.  Please feel free to add any games that you enjoy playing with your dogs.

Also, please feel free to forward this to your pet-loving friends.

I would love your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for your time!

Tim Heise

Absolute Pet Care LLC

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Phoenix (Biltmore & Arcadia areas)


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