In the wonderful world of sharing your life with a puppy, it is essential to start on the right foot the relationship and the bond you establish with him. Playing with a puppy is a fantastic opportunity to teach him certain limits and a healthy interaction, also starting from moments of high excitement.
A puppy is not porcelain, and I bet if you have one nearby, you’ve already been able to prove it. Far from that, when a puppy plays “everything is worth it”, and if he has confidence with you as a playmate, he will begin to raise his energy level to the point where he can hurt you.
Type of games
That it is not porcelain does not mean that we do not have to keep in mind that, in fact, it is a puppy. Your muscles and bones are about to develop, so games in which we use force or physical exercise, have to be much more measured than with an adult.
With a puppy you can play, in reality, any adult game. Just keep in mind what I said above and that smell has a slower development, so games related to using your nose, will be taking more importance over time, and will be much more accurate as your little hairy is fulfilling days and weeks. This does not mean that you do not use them, because you will also find it fascinating to see the evolution in a few dates.
Try that the games that you give to your dog start from a game for two, and do not give him simply “solitaires”. That your baby canine relate as early as possible that the fun is shared, will help you in the bond, and also in the training you can do with it.
I do not want to minimise the importance of the dog learning to play alone. It is equally important that it can be managed when it is not the time to offer the fun that he demands, so do not forget to also provide games in which he can develop only cognitively. The games that exist in the market are very varied, and there are also many others that you can do at home.
Play, rest, play again
The puppies have all their time to investigate, run around and invent games to have a good time. If it were for them, the vast majority would not stop until they ran out of batteries … and in many cases that’s the way it is.
It costs so little to get to play with a ball of funny hair that rebuke you to be your accomplice at the time of having fun, that often we lose our hand and we have the dog playing without control of time, without guidelines … and suddenly we change the plans before the stunned look of a little hair full of energy to not let us go away to do something else.
It is necessary to establish a game time, not too long, where to control the excess of activity, which often becomes increasingly strong bites and behaviours that we do not want to encourage, and on the other hand, teach the puppy how to relax after a period of high excitation. Having a dog going up and down these levels of activation and learning to manage it by itself, will avoid many problems in the future, which are largely the cases that we find every day in the visits we make to homes canine trainers .
This work and learn to play in a healthy and productive way with a puppy, we will be working on our next game workshop on January 14, 2017, because it seems fundamental to treat these issues when the puppy begins to face life.
So when you give up on fun with your little dog, do not forget to play and rest every few minutes, to return to the game later, when you notice that you have managed to relax or change the focus and start doing something else.
What do I do if he bites me?
Your dog has to change his teeth and there will be a complicated stage for him, and he may despair a little. Make sure you can redirect your bite towards toys that can calm you, and always give that alternative because pretending to stop biting when your mouth hurts, would not be fair to him either.
In addition, sometimes because of the high activation mentioned in the previous section, you will start to bite harder or bite everything that is within your reach. Avoid the situation, and if it occurs, for the game to begin to relate that a bite is not part of the fun. You do not need to leave him without playing for 20 minutes; It is possible that a few minutes or even seconds are enough for you to assess the situation.
Not everything is game!
It is precisely because the puppy needs to know when is the time to play and when not, that establishing a game routines with him will help you and him to be clear when to expect the funniest moments of the day. You will be able to stay calm longer in times you have never played, and activate to enjoy yourself when you know that you will be willing to accompany him in the game.
Establishing suitable places will also generate greater security when starting to play. If you have never started the game in the living room and yet every time you go out on the terrace you encourage him to pull on the other side of a rope, rest assured that he will feel much more predisposed to have that behaviour outside than inside.
You can take advantage of their natural moments to play, which vary with each dog but are usually marked in their day to day, or change them progressively, offering alternatives that are aimed at specific schedules and behaviours.
The better your puppy can predict the time and place where the game is more than welcome, the better your coexistence will be and the more enriching your moments together.
And to you, do you think that your dog has more or less clear what is the time to play and where should he do it?