Playing Games with Your Dog

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Playing with your dog fulfills two very important needs for him. It provides a bonding experience that is more than just being with you. It inherently shows who the leader is—who starts and ends the game and provides the attention and approval he seeks from his leader. Second, it gives him a fun, physical outlet for his energy. Many problem behaviors in dogs can be resolved with regular game playing. It gives the dog a great way to get rid of mental and emotional stresses that build up over the course of a day. A tired dog is a happy dog.

The same advantages can apply to dog owners. Establishing and reinforcing your ...

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