The primary function of puppy games is to enjoy Together-time with our puppy to improve the relationship, the bonding. We play with the puppy. But when we play, all the more with a puppy, we should play the right way!
What, can we play the wrong way?
Certainly. Yet, to benefit puppy development, puppy socialization, and puppy training - and to prevent numerous dog problems later! - we want to play with our puppy the right way! For this we need to know what to play with the puppy, how to play, when, and why. And also, when to stop, and how. For example:
- Together-time must include both physical activity and mental activity for the puppy
- Physical activity we must not commence in the first 90 minutes after a meal
- Treats during play are counterproductive and must be avoided
- Some toys are better suited for Together-time, while other toys are better suited for the puppy to play alone
- Puppy games must not allow for nipping
- Nipping is only allowed during controlled play sessions
- Play is PLAY - dog commands and Obedience Training have no place during play
There is so much more to consider when we play games with our puppy! We have an entire series of MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICALS on games to play with your puppy. We even have dog game criteria. Everything that is helpful for puppy development. You may subscribe for free here.
But what if you are in a hurry? You want to know now more about puppy games, and how to play with your puppy?
In that case be aware that you can even watch a lot about puppy games in the multimedia New Puppy Diary right now, and all relevant Periodicals are linked in the New Puppy Diary as well.
Note that every key point raised above you can find more comprehensively explained in other places on this website. The menu is your friend. Here, links have been omitted only to keep this decision tree straightforward.
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