behavior problems in dogs

Just for Kids: Playing with Your Dog

Your dog loves to play. Even better, he likes to play with you. Puppies love to play with their littermates. When they wrestle and roll around with each other, they are developing the skills that they need when they are adults.

Adult pets enjoy play, too. It gives them needed exercise, and keeps them healthy, fit and trim.

It's always a good idea to play with your dog at the same regular time every day. Perhaps after school would be good or right after dinner. Your dog will enjoy looking forward to his playtime every day.

Safety First

Dogs like to chew their toys, so you have to make sure all of your pet's toys are safe. They shouldn't be too heavy but they should be large enough so they can't be swallowed. Make sure there aren't any small buttons or screws that could be bitten off and swallowed. Toys shouldn't be made of anything that could hurt your dog, either. Rubber toys made for your dog are usually the safest. Some, such as Kong toys, let you put treats inside. Your dog plays with the toy to get treats.

You also have to make sure that you don't exercise your dog so much that he gets too tired. Bicycling or skateboarding with your dog may be too much. If your dog looks like he is tired and wants to stop, let him rest.

Be very careful in the hot months, too. Make sure your dog always has plenty to drink and don't take him outside to play in the middle of the day when it is the hottest.

Games to Play

There are plenty of fun things to do with your dog. Here are a few:

Playing with your pet isn't only fun for him; it's also lots of fun for you, too. No matter what the game, play is fun for both you and your dog, and helps to make you even closer.