Playtime for Your Dog

It is very important that the different types of training never be overlooked when raising your dog, especially right at the very beginning. Housetraining, obedience and socialization are all key ingredients to living a harmonious and pleasurable life with your [i4w_db__DogBreed].

But many dog owners find that they become so wrapped up in their attempts to keep up with the various forms of training that they forget that their dog needs a break too and the stimulation and stress release to be gained from some whole-hearted play with you. In fact, fun and playtime with the [i4w_db__DogBreed]’s owner or family is generally one of the activities that this breed enjoys most in life and can even be used as a final reward in a training session that has gone well.

By overlooking playtime, you will not only be taking away a perfect opportunity to encourage [i4w_ud_DogName] to expend some of those seemingly limitless reserves of energy, but you will also be missing out on important bonding times that form the foundation for your relationship with your dog. It is the fun times such as playtime that can truly cement the bond you’ll have with [i4w_ud_DogName] and help create unquestioning loyalty to you.

Playtime can consist of just about anything. Most [i4w_db__DogBreed]s have a natural proclivity toward games that allow it to fetch a toy and bring it back to you. This toy can be anything that is a safe size for your dog and has no sharp edges or small pieces that could break away. A simple ball usually works well, or you can take a look at the huge variety of toys available at your pet store. Other games to play with [i4w_ud_DogName] might include finding a hidden toy, hide-and-seek, fetch, and simply running around together to burn off energy.

But a word of caution, though you may be tempted to play tug-of-war games with your [i4w_db__DogBreed] and you may find that this is a game that [i4w_ud_DogName] enjoys, it is best that this type of game be avoided, at least until you have more control over your dog and have established yourself as pack leader. This is because it may teach your dog that it is alright to resist giving you something when you’re pulling it away. It can also encourage dominance problems and, in rare circumstances, lead to toy possessiveness or aggressive behaviors.

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