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Playtime for your dog Keep him busy throughout the day von Sondermann, Christina (eBook)

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Playtime for your dog

Part of the pleasure of owning a dog is the mutual fun that results from the playing of games. However these games also have a role in the development and well-being of our four-legged friends, not least of which is building up our dogs' self confidence and boosting our relationships. With very little financial outlay and no previous experience, any dog owner whether the dog be a puppy or an older animal can invent games using household objects. The purpose of this book is to help you discover and employ games and activities on an everyday basis that both you and your dog will enjoy and that will contribute towards his fitness and training: Marvel at the super-abilities of your dog's sense of smell. Make his daily walks an exciting adventure. Find enough inspiration in your living room to exercise his basic play instincts. Take the opportunity when appropriate to turn your garden into a dog's adventure playground. TV shows have shown how dogs can become bored and unmanageable through lack of stimulation. The occupational therapies introduced in this book are easy to do and can be integrated into your normal daily routine without much time needed or complex training. Everybody, two-or-four legged, that enjoys joint activities can participate - independant of age, height, fitness or knowledge. Christina Sondermann has been working on ideas on how to occupy dogs properly for many years now. She is involved with dogs friendly, stress free training methods and creating a harmonious relationship between dogs and their owners with her internet project fun-with-dogs.com, by working as an author for a dog magazine, and through the organisation of seminars and workshops for dog owners and trainers.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 128
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780857886606
    Verlag: Cadmos Verlag
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Playtime for your dog

Rules of the game and tips for beginners

There are a few things you should look out for so that you and your dog will be able to truly enjoy these joint activities. Take your time to read through the rules of the game: your canine partner will thank you for doing so by having even more fun!

Most of the exercises described in this book should, of course, be playable for all people and all dogs. However please use common sense and think of your dog's capabilities when choosing a game.

You don't need to make a big effort to have fun: Mücke shows us how dogs in their prime can stay mentally fit.

Your arthritis-ridden senior will thank you for not expecting him to jump over big obstacles. This wouldn't be good for your small puppy either. An especially nervous dog doesn't have to walk across the big, threatening, rustling plastic cover straight away, or jump over the neighbours' kid's arms and legs during "people-agility" and so on. You can decide best for yourself what is good for your dog.

Dogs that enjoy easy-to-do activities in the beginning set themselves up for success at games together at a later date. Always take care that you only use equipment for your games that can't hurt or injure your dog.

Tiffi loves small challenges because she always gets something delicious!

Reward the dog for playing with you? This might seem a little strange at first: aren't you satisfying him simply by being with him? You are certainly right! Most dogs enjoy sharing activities with their humans. Many games are like little exercises, though, that the dog has to learn first. Not every dog, for instance, is successful in walking through a tunnel set up of chairs and blankets or balancing over a wall at the first go. And why should he climb up a tree trunk? Or rush up to his family with his ears flying in the wind, when playing the come game?

Now it is your turn: you have to get across to your dog how much fun this can be and how successful he can become. You, too, learn best and faster, those things that you do voluntarily and willingly and that you are really interested in. And aren't you also much more motivated when something is really worthwhile? In this regard, our dogs aren't any different from us humans. And this is why we count on rewards during joint activities. You will see your dog play along enthusiastically and dare new challenges with pleasure. You can celebrate joint success and really have fun together!

Your dog will tell himself which reward is best for him. Most dogs don't really make an effort just for kind words, and rightly so. Stroking and touch are preferable for quality time on the sofa and usually don't go down well in training. Play or throwing a toy is more for toy junkies. But this often disturbs the activities. So food is usually the best choice. It is easy to handle and it motivates the dog.

Do you already see your dog as a four-legged sausage rolling through your apartment? Don't panic, just use a part of his normal daily ration when playing together and let him work for it a little bit. Most dogs enjoy earning their food that way!

Your basic equipment for nearly all games is food rewards. When you start a new game or work with your dog in unfamiliar situations or environments, use really attractive treats in the beginning. In everyday situations you can just use part of his normal dog food.

When you and your dog are out and about, a waist bag is ideal to store your treats.

The better you know what really makes your dog excited, the better you can reward him. Make up a list of things your dog likes best: put down his top five favourite treats. Think about things that he likes just as well as his food, for instance like running or searching or catching his ball.

Always rememb

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