Fun Puppy Games To Help With Development

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Why Play Games?

Because they are fun, puppies have the capacity to learn much like a 6 month old infant and they love to explore the world at a great rate of knots. Dogs have been bred to be mans best friend and they love a chance to interact with you and have your undivided attention, they will know if you are watching TV and half heartily playing tug with them so have fun with it and dedicate a little time every day to help your puppy learn and discover the world threw play.

First lets talk about some play basics to help keep things fun and engaging without you turning into a chew tow yourselves.

1. Keep toys low, by moving the toy around the floor you are engaging your puppies chase instincts. dogs are predatory animals and love to engage in a game of chase, there is many ways we can use that to our advantage in training and day to day life. by keeping a toy low to the ground you are also ensuring your puppy doesn't begin to jump or snap for the toy. practice moving it fast and slow, mimic a mouse, cat and rabbit.

2. Always have a toy in your hand, teach your puppy to chew a toy and wrap their teeth around a toy and not your hand, if they divert their attention to you you could either finish play and allow them time to simmer down or you could shake them off and re-engage their interest in the toy. By holding the toy with your whole hand keeping your fingers tucked away you will limit the accidents of teeth catching you.

3. Have a puppy toy box that they can access freely, put toys away and change up the ones left on the floor, you can also put treats and chews in the basket to keep it interesting.

4. Spend some time getting your puppy really interested in playing with you and keep your play sessions short, try to finish the game on a high before they become disinterested. If your puppy gets board and wonders off you have been playing for too long or you could have made the game a little hard for your puppy, keep your play easy for them to win.

5. Keep yourself fun and inviting, keep your voice high, use silly voices, wide open arms, mimic a doggy play bow, run away and just enjoy the opportunity to be a bit silly just for fun.

6. Keep the excitement in proportion to your puppy, if your puppy has the potential to bounce off the walls and start running away with shoes afte