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Monday, 6 July 2015
Identify Your Dog's Play Style To Find Compatible Playmates Whole dog Journal
Canine Play Styles
Your best option for finding compatible playmates for your dog is to identify your dog’s play style and select dogs of similar size, energy level, and play style preference.
Size matters. No doubt there are dogs of significant size disparity who can play well together, but as a general rule, it’s wise to keep the difference in the realm of 25 pounds or less. A playful dog can easily injure a little dog, even without intent to do harm, simply by running over or jumping on the smaller dog. Of even greater concern is a phenomenon known as predatory drift in which something from a dog’s evolutionary past triggers the larger dog's brain to perceive the smaller dog as a prey object - a bunny or squirrel - instead of the canine pal he's played happily with for months or years. Often the trigger is the smaller dog running, yelping, or squealing. The bigger dog gives chase, and tragedy ensues.
Play With Your Dog is not only a unique guide to the games you and your dog will enjoy, but it's also a manual that will help you understand how, and how NOT, to play by illustrating the games that will help your dog:
- Develop better socialization skills
- Establish a positive relationship with you and other dogs
- Know the rules for safe-play with children