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Importance Of Play In Dogs

Petmate Academy

August 23, 2019


Does your dog have behavior issues? Studies have shown that play is an important part of keeping your dogs happy & well-behaved.

Key To Their Well-Being

Bristol University released a study that found play is a key factor for your dog’s well being.  A study of 4,000 dog owners showed that dogs who played less had behavioral problems such as anxiety and aggression.  Less playtime also has a correlation to more whining, jumping up, and not coming when they are called. 

Less Behavioral Issues

Lack of play can cause up to 22 different behavioral issues.  These behaviors include anxiety, aggression, pulling on the lead, whining and not coming when called.

Dogs, like humans, need to engage in fun activities to keep them mentally and physically fit.

Playing Keeps Them Mentally Fit

Playing is how puppies learn basic manners.  If they are too rough they will nip and the other dog will walk away.  Socialization is said to be one of the most critical aspects of raising a well-balanced dog.  Actively engaging with other dogs is a simple way for them to learn manners.

Games that include a puzzle like the JW Treat Tower Toy will give your dog away to be mentally stimulated.  Even playing tug with you can be physically and mentally stimulating for our four-legged companions.

Helps Combat Pet Obesity

Laying around on the couch and not getting any exercise isn’t god fo humans so why would it be for dogs?  Adding a few games of fetch a day will help shed some extra calories and get you up and moving too.  Keeping your dog slim has been found to lead to a longer lifespan. 

Dogs Prolong Play On Purpose

Dogs have been known to do various tricks to lengthen the time spent playing.  Some refuse to bring a ball back during fetch or will slow down.  Large dogs have been known to slow down and allow themselves to get caught while playing chase. 

What Is Your Dog’s Favorite Way To Play?

Tug, chew, treat, plush and fetch toys help make the game more fun.  Playing with your dog improves your relationship so whatever gets your dog’s tail wagging, do it often!

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