Did you know that playing with your dog is hugely important to his/her mental, physical, and emotional health? Not only does play help to reduce stress and boredom but it is vital to a healthy relationship between you and your four legged friend.

During play, you have the opportunity to observe your dog, learn to read his signals, learn what he likes and doesn’t like, and simply enjoy life together! Play provides great mental and physical stimulation as well as helps you in your training process. The more you do with your dog, the more he is going to want to come to you when you call him. When I give the “come” cue to my dogs, most of the time they happily zip right on over as they anticipate play, petting, treats, or an impending adventure. Playtime also gives you a great opportunity to practice impulse control. Teaching your dog that sitting gets the ball thrown or starts a game of tug will benefit you throughout the duration of your dog’s life.

The biggest benefit you gain, is your dog’s trust as you continue to learn about each other and grow together through positive interactions. Just like anything in this world, what you put into something is what you will gain. My pups are one of the most important things in my life. I make it an intentional decision to put into my relationship every day through training, play, petting, walking, and simply time spent with them. My relationship with them is deep and rich as a result. We have a mutual trust of each other and I could not be more thankful for the gift that God has given me in allowing me the sweet friendship I have with my dogs.