What games do you play with the dog? How can a game affect your relationship? It turns out that dogs should have certain rules, following which they maintain a good relationship. But there are those that can interfere with raising a dog. Look our friends blog for dog parents.
Bad game, “Catch me if you can.”
You go to the dog, she runs away or, even worse, your dog picked up something from the ground, and you try to catch it to take it away. (teaches disobedience, shows that one can grab and run away).
Good game: Hide and Seek.
You are hiding from sight of the dog, and she is looking for you. (teaches the dog to approach you, follow you while walking). Or hide a toy or treat and encourage the dog to find it.
Bad game “Tug of war”
The dog fights with you for a toy, sometimes growls, wins and leaves with a toy. (the dog understands that it can control you, often this game develops into “catch me if you can”)
Good game “Tug of war”
You offer a dog a toy, set the rules of the game. Say “take”, “pull”, the game starts and ends at your request, and when it’s over, you hold the toy. (Better to play for long, if you see that the dog is overexcited – abruptly stop the game. Teaches self-control)
Bad game “Throw the ball”
The dog gives you the ball, forces you to throw it, can grab the ball out of your hands. When you bent down to throw the ball, grab it and dance, tease, instead of giving the ball away. (the dog learns to control you and impose its desires).
Good game “Catch” or “Bring”
You take out the ball and control the entire process of the game. Also at this time, you can ask the dog to “sit down”, “lie down” or execute other commands, the praise for which will be – the thrown ball. The dog brings and gives the ball. (You set the rules of the game, the time of its beginning and end. It is better to stop at the moment when the dog wants to play more.)
Bad game “Fighting”
The dog jumps, grabs, pushes, bites. (The dog is imposing a game on you, trying to “win”).
Good game “Tricks”
This is an exercise for the brain! Teach your dog various commands and exercises (to roll over, stand on his hind legs, keep cookies on his nose, etc.), which will help both of you have a good time.
Good game “Intellectual games”
Teach your dog to recognize the names of family members, the names of toys, bring “packages” or, for example, look for keys or a mobile phone.