Playtime With Dogs - Benefits and Tips

Playtime With Dogs

Woof! Woof! I’m so excited today you guys because I get to talk about my favourite thing ever, besides mommy Renza of course…Playtime! Dogs love to play. 

I hope all you pet parents are taking some time out of your busy day to play with your doggies. Playtime has so many benefits for dogs as well as humans.

Playtime makes mommy Renza laugh like a crazy person and we both get some much needed exercise. So for those who are stressed, playing with your dog will help relieve some of that stress.

 It makes you and us happier. It also helps doggies release pent up energy that can lead to aggression and other behavioural issues.

Mommy bought me a ball, frisbee and my personal favourite, the tug rope (ropey). She keeps them in a safe place and only takes them out when we play.

 Even though they are my toys, she says she needs to keep it with her because I chew on the toys. I can’t help it you guys, I’m a dog.

At the beginning when mommy bought my first ball (on ball number 4 now) and frisbee, I didn't know the rules. So when we played fetch, I ran fast to get the ball and tried my best to keep it away from her. I also chewed the frisbee and it’s a little broken now. 

One day she sat down on the ground when we played and when I retrieved the ball I dropped it in her lap. She was probably tired of trying to get it from me. It made her really happy. 

I then tried my best to bring it back to her. It was really hard you guys because I loved guarding my stuff and suddenly I had to share, but I also love seeing mommy happy.

When ropey came along, I didn’t know what it was. It made me really scared you guys. Grrr!! Mommy started to wave it around and then kept it close to my mouth so I could try biting the rope to get familiar with it. 

After 10 min, I didn't care about my ball any more. Now we just play with ropey. She combined fetch with tug. Now I retrieve ropey and then we tug a little.

Renza says she read on the internet some people were discouraged from playing tug of war with their doggies. Apparently it teaches them to be aggressive. That’s crazy you guys!

It taught me self control. I stopped tearing my blanket and mat apart and I stopped resource guarding, It’s way more fun to play fetch tug with mommy instead of guarding the toy and we are closer because we have so much fun together.

When we play fetch tug, mommy counts down until three so that I don’t jump up to grab ropey. While counting she makes like she is going to throw. She likes teasing me. I get crazy excited then and run really fast to go fetch it. 

When I come back with ropey she gives lots of praise and thanks me for bringing it back to her. Then we tug and sometimes she wins and sometimes I win. It makes us doggies more confident if we win now and again. Especially the doggies that’s fearful and anxious like I was.

Remember to teach your dog the ‘let go’ trick when playing tug of war. Otherwise you’re not going to enjoy the game much. When your dog tugs say 'let go' and the minute he lets go, give a high value treat. Then repeat, repeat, repeat.

Soon there will be no need for a treat. They will know what ‘let go’ means. Mommy taught me 'let go' just by saying the words and then she stops tugging at ropey. 

When the toy moves around that encourages the tugging. When it stops moving, we stop tugging. My reward was that I get to run after ropey. So toys can be used as a reward as well. It all depends on your dog.

I sometimes have to sit or do the down trick before she throws. When I get too excited she stops the game for a minute or goes inside. Then I behave better, because I don’t want playtime to stop. 

She also tells me when it’s the last throw, so that I know. Doggies are smart you guys. We love routines and repeating things help us learn.

I’ve got to go now.. It’s almost playtime. Yay! Don’t give up if your dog refuses to play with you or if they don't follow the rules. Mommy never gave up on me and she says I'm a really stubborn doggy. She must be talking about herself. Grrr!! Remember a happy dog makes a happy parent. 

Woof!! Woooof!!!


Author: Buffy
Job: Guard dog, part-time blogger
Likes: Playing, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Grooming and food thieves

Pic credit: Pixabay free stock images Renza edited.

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