To help you build the BEST relationship with your German Shepherd Dog!
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How to play in a training-beneficial way, and why!
How to Play With Your Dog
This Periodical will be short. Not that this topic isn't worth more (it certainly is!) but certain things have happened (or rather still not happened) which taught me we have to do things differently if we want to survive. More in an informal blog post at some point.
First, if you are wondering: "Why play at all? I myself have no fun in life, why should my dog?"
Because: Research has shown that Play, not obedience(!), is what teaches dogs from puppyhood onwards how to interact well socially. The same is true for children: Parents who play a lot with their kids have been found to have the best life-long relationship with their children. Interesting, isn't it? Something to remember!
Second, if you are wondering: "But why can't I just play with my dog the way I want..??"
Oh sure, you can!! There is no need to make a science out of dog play - although there is such thing.
It's just that, if you play with your dog out of the blue, without reflecting on the impact your Play has on your dog, then it's likely that your Play negatively impacts on your dog.
"What?? Really? Isn't Play pure joy for my dog? How can Play possibly impact my dog negatively?"
Well, that's what this short MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL is about.
Because: There actually is a right way to play with your dog - but also numerous wrong ways. Indeed, the majority of dog owners play so badly with their dog that they create behavior problems in their dog! You'll see in a moment what I mean.
Any videos? I searched for videos "How to play with your dog" because the plan was to show you ... well ... obviously, how to play with your dog. This page came up - according to almighty Google (youtube is Google) those are the most relevant videos on this topic "How to play with your dog". Thus I watched them, to see which video to feature here!
No. Since I can't shoot one myself, I can't really show you a video (but Dan can, of course). All the ones that I watched on the page linked above, I can't even recommend to myself to watch again. I feel, they should be titled: "How not to play with your dog"! - In other words: Unsuitable. They don't set a good example.
So, what do we do? What we always do! Let's learn from ... ... dogs themselves, that's always best anyway.
Here's a video how dogs instigate play amongst each other:
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Disclaimer: Always apply your own common sense when you follow anyone's suggestions. As much as your dog is special (s)he may react different too.
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