Play is something that a lot of Dog guardians struggle with. Whether it is playing with the dog out of embarrassment or not being play orientated or whether it is struggling to encourage the dog to play.
Dogs love play and enrichment and play is a big part of development for dogs and something they do within the litter well before leaving to go to a new home.
We often find dogs and puppies give unwanted behaviours such as chewing and destructive behaviours because of lack of stimulation.
Play also helps us to have a unique bond with our dogs and many trainers centre their training techniques around play as this also helps dogs to learn when they associate positive experiences with training.
Play is so important for impulse control, resource guarding, and being able to give natural behaviours.
Image description: a field with a sunset backdrop, two trees to the right hand side. A Wheelchair user holding a disc and a black Spaniel and grey and brown Wolfdog ready to play. To the left a dark grey and cream Wolfdog is holding a partially chewed purple Teddy in their mouth. A man in a green t shirt and blue jeans is stood facing the field throwing a tug toy for a Wolfdog leaping into the air to grab the toy.
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