Does your canine buddy sometimes run up to you holding his favorite toy? This is always adorable. You actually should indulge these cute requests. A El Segundo, CA veterinarian offers some advice on playing with your furry friend in this article.
Playing is good for Fido physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can also go a long way in curbing bad behavior, both by helping your pooch burn off excess zoomies and giving him a healthy way to burn off any doggy angst he is feeling. It’s also great for bonding. Plus, it’s a great doggy workout for him!
Every dog is different when it comes to play styles. Some pups love playing Fetch, some prefer playing Tug O War, and others like games like Tag or Tug O’ War. Try different things, and see what your pooch responds to. It probably won’t take long to figure out what Fido’s favorite game is!
It’s important to learn dogs’ body language. Playful pups often do a cute little bow, where their front legs are on the ground and their legs are up. Tail wags are a clue, but there’s a caveat here as well. If Man’s Best Friend is happy, he’ll wag his tail quickly. However, if he’s wagging his tail slowly, it could actually be a sign that he’s feeling uneasy.
There are a few don’ts here as well. The biggest thing is to avoid rough play. Fido may enjoy tugging on a rope toy, but don’t let him get too worked up. That can bring out prey drive in some pups, and can lead to aggressive behavior. You also shouldn’t tease your canine friend.
Fido’s exercise needs will depend on his age, breed, and health. Some pups shouldn’t be encouraged to jump or stand, while others shouldn’t run or otherwise overexert themselves. Ask your vet for more information.
Try to play with Fido every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. You may find it puts a smile on your face as well. Time spent with dogs is never wasted!Do you have questions about your canine companion’s health or care? Contact us, your El Segundo, CA pet hospital, today!