Why Play Is Important for Puppies

Games can help build confidence in shy dogs, and playing in new situations can help dogs adjust to these situations. Play can be used as a reward for good behavior, and it's often a better motivator than food for active dogs.

Play is important for bonding between you and your dog. Dogs that play games with people as puppies are more likely to continue to play the same types of games as adults. They interact more with the people they play with. Such dogs are more fun to have around, and tend to be more sociable for other people as well.

Play isn't just for puppies. Even after your dog grows up, playing with him will help keep him young at heart.

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