No matter the time, no matter the weather, no matter what, I’m ready to play. As a young pup, I’m always up for a game of fetch, find the treat or even obstacle courses! To me, anything and everything can be turned into a game. That’s part of being a
puppy (and part of being a dog Mom or Dad). And not only can playing be fun for more, but it’s a great way to get exercise and a learning opportunity for both pet and human.
Playing with your pet is a great way to get exercise. For the more active dog like me, a good game of fetch or agility/obstacle training is a great way to get some energy out! For an active kitten, playing on their hunting instincts and playing chase the mouse, string, etc is always a fun and active time! And many times, not only does your dog and cat get a great bought of exercise, but the human does too! And guess what? It’s fun!
I have a great time and so does Mommy & Daddy!
If that wasn’t a good enough reason to play with your pet, games can help you bond and learn with your pet. Playing a game with your dog, like going through an obstacle course, can reinforce your training commands with your pet. Many times Daddy will set up cones and boxes in the back yard that I have to step onto, go around, or jump over. He’ll lead me through the course and tell me what to do. It’s lots of fun and helps me understand what the words he says means. Also, it helps Daddy understand me better. As he plays, he notices when I get distracted, if I am having difficulty with a command, and whether I am treat, toy or praise motivated (all three work great for me!) There’s a lot you to learn about your pets personality, and playing games with them is a great way to do this. Plus, the more active time you spend with your pet, the better they trust and
understand you as well. This creates a strong bond between animal and human.
It’s easy to play games with your pet: just use your imagination and go with what your pet enjoys. Whether it’s hiding treats around the house and letting your pet go on a
“treat treasure hunt” (watch Caroline plays the treat treasure hunt game) or playing “pounce on the toy” with your cat, games are an enjoyable and valuable experience for you and your pet. So take some time this weekend to incorporate more playtime in yours and your pets life.
What games do you play with your pet?