Want to play a game?

Regularly playing with your dog helps to build the man-canine relationship. It will also keep your pup from getting bored, which prevents him from exhibiting bad behavior. Playing is basically the first step to having a respectful, well-trained dog.

Dog Play defines the distinction between doggie sports and doggie games:

"Games are activities you do with your dog that require the two of you to communicate and work together in some way. While some would argue with me, I also distinguish games from sports. Games may have a goal, but they have no titles, no placements and no ribbons. Games might even involve competition, but it is competition of the moment."

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Most games can be played in your living room when you're watching TV. They are easy and require minimal energy, but they enrich your dog's life tremendously.

How to play hide-and-go-seek with your dog (Courtesy of the ASPCA)

How to play follow the leader with your dog (Courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training, 3rd Edition, By Pamela Dennison)

How to play tug-of-war with your dog(Courtesy of the ASPCA)

How to play "Go Find!" with your dog (Courtesy of Baxter Boo)

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