Why Is Play So Important
Playing games – whether it’s tug, fetch or something else – is a great way to enhance the relationship you share with your dog, and it’s crucial if you want to achieve training success. Play is also helpful for effectively reinforcing good behavior, both during training sessions and in every day life.
Remember, though, that play should be just that… a fun time had by both you and your dog. You should play because you want to play and like to play – it shouldn’t be something you force as this just leads to frustration on both sides.
Don’t forget that dogs are great at reading our body language and can sniff out a ‘faker’ a mile off. So when you play, make sure you’re playing for the right reasons and it’s genuine. This is when it is most effective.
About the Author: Danny Rouse is one of 4 directors of Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, a family business based in Exmouth that has gone from a small local firm to an internationally recognised brand in the dog sport market. His role focuses on customer satisfaction and driving the business forward. In his spare time he enjoys long walks with his dog Horatio and loves sampling good food out and about in Devon. Danny and Horatio also train regularly at East Bowerland Farm with Devon Dogs.