Activities For Dogs Who Like Playing With You

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Introduction

The best part of owning a dog is spending time playing with them. After all, dogs are man’s best friend! All dogs and people are made unique and of different sizes, and have varying abilities and personalities. Luckily, there are many different games and activities that are enjoyable for everyone. Playing with your dog is the best way to get closer to them, and being physically active is necessary in order to keep your dog healthy and in shape. Exercising and playing is a must for all dogs, but there are some pups who absolutely love games that involve their owners. In these cases, the following activities will be perfect!

Water Games

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Sprinkler
Doggie Pool
Activity description

This activity is easy and is perfect for those super hot summer days when you don’t feel like doing anything but know that you and your dog should really get some exercise. It is not a challenging game, as the only goal is to have fun! Although all dogs can have fun playing this game, it is best suited for the pups who love the water and swimming. Using a lawn sprinkler, a pool with toys, or even just a garden hose can be enjoyable for you and your dog, and can cool you both off during a heatwave as well.

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Purchase water toys
For this activity, you will need some water toys, like a lawn sprinkler or a small pool. You can buy doggie pools, or small plastic kiddie pools also work great. Some dogs who are not comfortable in water may prefer to play in a sprinkler, whereas other dogs who are hesitant around spraying water may prefer to play in the pool. If you plan on using the pool, some plastic floaty dog toys can be a fun bonus.
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Set up
Next, you will need to plug in the sprinkler or fill up the doggie pool in your backyard. If it is a very hot day, fill the pool with cool water in the shade. This will keep the sun from heating up the water and will be a perfect place for you and your dog to cool off. If you have a small dog, don’t fill the pool up all the way. Although dogs should always be supervised while swimming, it is safest to make sure that your dog can always touch the bottom of the pool.
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Make a splash
After you have bought your new toys and set them up, the only thing to do is to play with your pup! Have fun running through the sprinklers together or cool off in the pool. Some dogs may be skittish around the water at first, but after playing with their beloved owners they should soon learn to love it.
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Tug of War

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Rope
Dog Rope Toy
Activity description

Tug of war is one of the classic games to play with your dog, and for a good reason! Tug of war is a game that most dogs naturally love, and it is easy to play. All that you will need for this activity is a strong rope or a rope dog toy. Many dogs will instinctively know how to play this game, and for the others, it can easily be taught. Some dogs can get very enthusiastic about this game, and you should make sure to teach them to be gentle so that they don’t learn any bad habits and nobody gets hurt.

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Choose a rope
The only thing that you need for this activity is a thick, durable rope. Any rope that can withstand some tugging is perfect, and there are many dog toys that are made with ropes that can be perfect for this game.
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Be gentle
When playing this game, it is important to be gentle when you pull against your dog. It is a great pastime involving the two of you, but if played roughly your dog could hurt their teeth, jaw or neck. You must also make sure that your dog doesn’t get carried away and understands that is it just a game. Don’t teach them that it is okay to bite or growl at you.
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Ready, set, tug!
The only thing to do is to have fun! Take one end of the rope and let your pooch grab the other end, and then tug! Some dogs are very strong, but in many cases, you might be stronger. Make your dog happy by letting them win sometimes, and then grab hold and play again!
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Play Tag

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Tag is another amusing game that all involved, whether human or canine, will enjoy. This game is easy and a delightful way for your dog to let loose and get rid of some of their energy, and it works for you too! You don’t need anything for this game as long as you are playing in a safe fenced-in area, although treats and toys can be a bonus to the fun. If you are in an open space, keep your dog on the leash. Dogs should not get aggressive as they are chasing you, and if they do, then you should end the game immediately.

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Find a safe area to play in
The best place to play tag is an area that is large and enclosed. You want a space that is big enough for you and your dog to run around in easily, and somewhere that is not close to any busy streets or other dangerous locations. A fenced-in field or large backyard are perfect places to play, or even an empty dog park enclosure will do.
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Teach your dog to chase
Teaching your dog to run after you should not be crazy and aggressive, but fun and calm. Some dogs may not understand how to chase at first, but it is easy to teach them. Excitedly tap your dog on the chest and start running while calling them. If they do not follow you, using treats or one of their favorite toys may help.
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Tag, you’re it!
Have fun playing! Tap, or tag, your dog and run, stop suddenly and change directions to make it exciting. If your dog catches you, give them a treat or toy as a reward, and chase after them to get it back!
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Bubble Chase

Believe it or not, dogs can be taught to chase bubbles! It may take some practice, but with time blowing bubbles can be a great way for you to play with your dog, and the perfect summer activity.

Play with a Flirt Pole

Flirt poles are another fun way to interact with your dog. These toys consist of a pole with a toy or treat attached on the end by a long string, and are used by swinging them around gently or pulling them along the ground. Your dog will love to chase it around!

Conclusion

The best part about owning a dog is the play time! Dogs are very social animals, and they can become really close to their owners. Playing with your pooch one on one is the best way to create a connection and keep your dog happy mentally, as well as physically. If you play often with your pooch, they will develop a deeper bond with you, and they will learn to trust and look up to you. Once you and your dog develop a playful and trusting relationship you can learn to play anywhere and with anything. Any game can become even more exciting when you are enthusiastic, so in order to give your dog the best experience make sure that you are having fun too!