Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun
When’s Playtime Today?
Enjoy Your Dog
There is more to owning a dog than feeding and walking it. There is, or should, also be play time!
After all why take a dog into your home if you do not want to be an active dog owner?
Even if you have mobility issues it is possible to be an active dog owner. You will just have to be creative.
Once you become involved with your pet it is a win-win situation for all. The added exercise will benefit you and your pet.
A play session can involve specific training but still be fun.
Simply stroking the dog and rewarding it during training sessions can be a welcome distraction from the daily grind.
Petting a dog as you both relax can reduce your blood pressure and make your pet happy.
OK, so I stole most of the title of this hub from Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls just wanna have fun” but I stand by the sentiment.
If you have a pet dog part of keeping it happy and healthy is some fun.
Since dogs were domesticated they have become ever more dependent on their masters or mistresses.
These days though I would like to think the relationship is less like that between a boss and an underling
If you house a guard dog that you use as just that your dog to person relationship may be different.
However if you have given one or more dog a forever home the pet may actually be the boss of the household unless you play it right
If two or more dogs share a home the natural order of top dog will prevail but if you home just one dog your pet may strive to be your boss.
A demanding pet dog can cause upheaval in the home. It can even cause relationship rifts.
Love your dog and care for it well but don’t be a mug.
It is your home and you pick up the bills.
Having Fun With Your Dog
Ask any dog expert what dogs enjoy and one answer will be walking. However in my opinion that is not necessarily true.
Confront our little dog with his lead and the word “Walk” or similar and he will scoot to his bed if the weather is bad.
Similarly he may bark at the back door but open the door to bad weather and he will quickly run off to his bed.
Each dog is an individual and as dog owners will tell you they do have distinct personalities.
Most dogs love playing with toys but if you re-home an older dog who has been ill-treated you may have to teach the animal how to play.
Dog toys come in many shapes and sizes and some are costly so here are a few tips
- Don’t buy toys your pet can easily destroy as it is a waste of money and could endanger your pet.
- Get creative and make some toys. One of our dog’s favorite toys is some old rope tied into knots and the bonus is it is indestructible. All we do is tighten the knots from time to time. This makeshift toy is also fully washable in a washing machine.
- Old pillowcases and tea towels can easily be converted to tug toys for dogs.
A Mad Few Minutes Of Play
Make Time For Play
Play time is an important part of a dog’s relationship with its human family.
Pet dogs love to play and play time has many benefits which include:-
- Allowing a dog to release some energy
- Offering valuable off lead exercise
- Socializing with the family
Apart from mad sessions, as with our dog in the video footage, all interactions with your dog are important. Simply leaving a dog to its own devices is not a good idea and it is not fair on the animal.
Just like humans dogs can get depressed and their health take a turn for the worst.
You have chosen a dog to live with you but the pet had no choice.
However busy you are taking a few minutes to play with your dog each day is surely possible?
Give it a go and I bet you will have as much fun as your dog.
What about you?
Do you and your dog have fun?
© 2018 Ethel Smith