Understanding Dog Play | Dogalize
All too often, dog owners misread the language of dogs interacting with one another. It is important to learn what dogs are saying to each other through their play.
Dog-to-dog play helps dogs develop important life skills and experiences that promote good physical and mental health.
Here’s everything you need to know about dog play:
- Most young dogs learn how to play from their peers or their elders. Letting your dog play and interact with other dogs will help to make him sociable and well-behaved.
- If a dog is pushy or plays too rough, the dog should not interact with other dogs until he learns to greet and play nicely.
- It’s very important to teach a reliable recall and calling the dog back before things get too rowdy.
- Appropriate play sometimes looks very rough but human intervention is usually not needed. The more aroused dogs become, however, the more likely it is that a mock battle turns into something more serious.
- Play begins in puppyhood and helps puppies develop good coordination while allowing them to practice a series of exaggerated behaviors that promote social ease.
Understanding how dogs play ensures that play remains a fun and healthy activity for everyone.
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