Fun and Games with Your Canine Companion

It is what about nine weeks until spring? Spring will be here before you know it. We all know that dogs of all ages need stimulation and activity, both physical and mental. Let’s start right now, make a New Year’s resolution to our canine companion to get out and learn, walk and play together. Dogs of different ages need fun and games for different reasons. For a puppy, everything is new and each game is a discovery and a learning experience. For the mature dog they seem to value the interaction and camaraderie with other family members on outings. For the canine senior citizen, activity helps to keep their senses sharper and also keeps their remaining energy and enthusiasm at a higher level.

It’s not necessary all fun and games. At the core of your activities there needs to be an element of learning, obedience and training. What do you think when you hear the word “core”? Hum, it makes me think of doing abdominal exercises. Well really, we have to keep our core strong, if we want to be strong. What this really means is combining education, training, and play. This severs as a schooling period for puppies and young dogs, reinforces and sustains training of the adult dogs, and helps older dogs adapt more easily to the challenges they face with aging.

So when you take your dog for a walk down the street, or out in the backyard for a game of fetch, or to the park for a game of Frisbee, obedience is vital. The basic command such as sit, stay, come, leave it, or heal is so important. Just think about how not-fun it would be if your dog didn’t obey the basic commands.

If your canine companion could use some brushing up on the obedience routine or if you’ve got a canine companion that needs to start from “square one”, there are several places in the area such as the Lawrenceville Kennel Club, PETCO, PetSmart, BarkBusters, and US Canine. You may also contact the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (ADPT) at https://www.adpt.com for more information.

Look for future articles on sports for your canine companion such as Rally-Obedience, and Fly Ball.





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