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Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun

Updated on September 28, 2018
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Having re-homed six dogs over more than four decades it is safe to say this hubber loves dogs.

When’s Playtime Today?

Out of the bath and ready to have some fun
Out of the bath and ready to have some fun

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.

Top Dogs

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
  • Training
  • Fun

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?

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© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Absolutely Peggy. They have such individual traits

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That video of your little Tinka is so cute. All of our dogs were different in how they liked to play. It is fun to see their different personalities express themselves in playtime as well as other times of the day and night.

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      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hope she fairs OK. Our Jess went blind too butbthat’s another story. But she still liked to play until her last few months.

      Thanks Lindacee

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      Linda Chechar 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      Great article, Ethel! I've been a dog lover since I was a small child. My pooch is 15 years old and still has some puppy in her. She is now deaf and gradually losing her sight but still has a good life. She loves to run outside, plays with her rope toy and comes up and bumps my leg when she wants attention or treats.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hope you get that perfect pet when the time is rght for you all Kirti

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      kirtidv2006 

      2 years ago

      You are absolutely right. I do have to say that bigger dogs are intimidating. Even though I know most mean no harm, it is wise to be cautious.

      I would love to adopt a golden doodle and a black labarador.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks, Kirti. Hope you get your dream dog. I pet all dogs in streets etc but a word of caution. We should always do so safely ie not startle the dog, ask the owner first etc.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Liz. I have been nuts about dogs for more than 45 years but before that was scared of them. It took our first a chocolate cross labrador to start my now long-standing love affair.

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      kirtidv2006 

      2 years ago

      If I did have a dog, I would love to play with him. I am an animal lover, especially dogs. Whenever I am walking in the neighborhood and see other people's dogs I always start petting them. I am hoping to adopt a couple in the near future. Thanks for sharing ethel.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I would never have described myself as a dog-lover until my daughter and son-in-law got a chocolate labrador. In the past 2 years we have gone for a lot of dog walks and I have even found myself dogminding on occasion. I have therefore read your article with great interest.

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      Ellison Hartley 

      2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I totally agree!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Ellison. Sorry to read you had an accident.

      All our dogs down the years have enjoyed play time though it has been different for each and with age. I think for me the point isinteract with your dog and do not keep them a virtual prisoner in your home. Love your dog and let them love life too

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      Ellison Hartley 

      2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I think this is a great point to bring up. It depends on the breed and age so much. I have a senior Yorkie, his idea of playing is following us around the house until we sit down and then he falls back to sleep. My Doberman will run and catch a tennis ball literally for hours. The two bloodhounds are affectionate but not super playful. I can interest them in a toy for a moment, but then they would rather go back to howling at the squirrels in the tree and running back to me to make sure I saw! Walking is definitely not the only way! Thank goodness, since my accident I need a walker to walk, so no way I could walk one of my big giant dogs,and the little on is afraid of the outside world,

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