Playtime offers physical and mental benefits that help keep your dog happy and healthy. We share some useful tips for helping your dog have fun with and without you.
The time your dog spends in play isn’t just about having fun. Your dog reaps lots of benefits from its playtime.
Mental stimulation, an outlet for pent-up energy, bonding with you, the physical benefits of exercise – these are just some of the advantages your dog can derive from the time it spends in play.
From your dog’s perspective, of course, it’s all about the fun.
But the time you spend playing with your dog can be lots of fun for you, too. And when you’re away, solo play can keep your dog entertained and happy as it whiles away the hours awaiting your return.
Here are a few recommendations for playtime that will really set tails to wagging for most dogs:
Keep in mind that not all dogs enjoy every form of play. They’re just like people in that respect; each dog has its individual likes and dislikes.
So experiment with different games, and learn which ones your dog seems to enjoy most. If your dog doesn’t really seem to enjoy a particular playtime activity, there’s no point in continuing to play that game. Just pick another.
If you’re away from home for long periods, then your dog needs to be able to entertain itself. But the majority of dog toys are not safe for unsupervised play. Some chew toys and plush toys, for example, should only be given to your dog when you’ll be around to keep an eye out for problems.
There are some categories of toys, though, that are perfect for the purpose of home alone play:
Be sure to bring out the home alone toys ONLY when your dog is home alone. Don’t have those toys available to your dog all the time. If your dog has continuous access to the toys, they will soon become commonplace and boring, and lose their effectiveness as home alone time fillers.
All work and no play makes Jack… well, you know the rest. That old saying applies to people, of course. But it could just as well apply to dogs. Active and fun play is a prime component in keeping your dog from becoming a dull (or disruptive) boy (or girl).
And that’s certainly not a bad thing. After all, playtime is fun – for everyone!