Play Together, Stay Together: Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs

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Play is fun, but don't be fooled into thinking it's just goofy or frivolous. Play is powerful stuff, and it has a profound influence on your relationship with your dog. This engagingly written booklet shows how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog's responsiveness, and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise he or she needs. Inside is up-to-date research on how to tell your dog you want to play (most of us aren't very good at it!), some charming tricks and games to wow...

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Overview

Play is fun, but don't be fooled into thinking it's just goofy or frivolous. Play is powerful stuff, and it has a profound influence on your relationship with your dog. This engagingly written booklet shows how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog's responsiveness, and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise he or she needs. Inside is up-to-date research on how to tell your dog you want to play (most of us aren't very good at it!), some charming tricks and games to wow your friends, and an important section on how not to play with your dog. If you'd like a happier, more responsive dog and a closer relationship with each other, then this booklet is for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891767128
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 90
  • Sales rank: 544,276
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Every Dog Is Different 3

Using Play to Enhance Your Relationship 5

Telling Your Dog You Want to Play 7

Games to Play with Your Dog 11

The Chase Game 11

Play Ball! 14

The Tug Game 18

The Crazy Owner Game 21

The Find It Game 23

Hide and Seek 24

Teaching Tricks 27

Jump through a Hoop 27

Aren't You Ashamed of Yourself? 29

I Need a Hanky 30

Sniffing on Cue 32

Which Hand Has It? 33

Organized Classes 35

Agility 36

Tracking 37

Flyball 37

Mushing 38

Freestyle 38

Herding 39

Obedience 39

Tricks 40

Games 40

Toys: The Good, the Bad, and the Squeaky 41

The Right Stuff 41

Toys for Throwing 44

Tug Toys 46

Independent Play with Puzzle Toys 47

Play Your Way to an Obedient Dog 51

A Word about Food 53

Coming When Called and the Chase Game 54

Tricks for Treats: Teaching Sit and Down with Tricks 56

Crazy Owners, Polite Dogs on Neighborhood Walks 57

Polite Greetings at the Door and Go Find Your Toy 60

Tug and Teaching Take It/Drop It 61

Using Tug Games to Teach your Dog to Chill 63

Using Play for Any Obedience Exercise 64

Integrating Stay and Play 65

You Don't Always Have to Play! 67

Teaching "Enough" 68

How Not to Play with Your Dog 73

Your Body Is Not a Toy 73

Start Early 75

No Rough-and-Tumble Wrestle Play 76

Take Out the Teasing 77

Know the Signs of Over Arousal 79

Preventing Over Arousal 81

What to Do if Your Dog Becomes Over Aroused 82

Summary 84

Acknowledgments 85

Resources and References 86

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