How to Teach your Puppy to have Fun
If your puppy has been looking a bit glum lately it could be your fault. Do you ever wonder what your puppy is thinking? Yes, thinking. Dogs do think and dogs and people have a lot in common. Dogs must be kept physically and mentally active to be healthy, just like us. And dogs want to have fun, just like us.
Did you know that dogs don’t just love having fun, they also have a sense of humor?
So if your puppy is looking rather sourly at you it’s probably because you don’t take time to have fun together. Maybe you don’t know how puppies want to have fun. If you believe that keeping your puppy active is only essential for its physical health, scrap that! Your puppy wants to have fun, and its best ever would be to have fun with you.
There are many ways that you and your puppy can have fun together apart from the usual puppy activities. Puppies are game for almost anything! From the traditional fave’s like tug-o-war and fetch to soccer, table tennis and hiking; your puppy will be game. Time to get your trainers on, pack you and your puppy’s kit and get active.
Why is it important to teach your puppy to have fun?
You take your puppy for regular walks right, so why is that not enough?
Exercise is very important if your puppy is going to stay fit and healthy but it’s not enough. Puppies must have fun to stay mentally healthy. Dogs are smart! All smart creatures want to have fun. Laughter is the best medicine for dogs as well.
The more you interact with your puppy, the more you stretch it’s mental and physical abilities. The more you stretch your puppy’s abilities the more it will learn. Everyone learns more when learning is made fun, and that applies to dogs too.
You really don’t have to go to great lengths to find ways to make your puppy’s life fun. All you have to do is include your puppy in your activities and see what it enjoys. Once your puppy finds something it enjoys you’ll see the tail wag and broad smile. Don’t be surprised if your puppy’s sense of humor suddenly appears as well.
And you benefit too!
Are you totally exhausted at the end of the day? Life can get hectic and leave us stressed and tired. Don’t reach for a drink to relax; spend time with your puppy.
The more time you spend with your puppy the more happiness you add to your life.
How is that?
When humans spend time with dogs they destress and live in the moment. Living in the moment and having fun will make you feel good. Your puppy can help you to relax and forget your problems for a few hours every day. Dogs live in the moment so you can learn a lot from your puppy.
The psychological and emotional bond that exists between dogs and humans is believed to date back for over 100,000 years. The term ‘man's best friend’ is no casual expression for people who love and understand dogs.
Dogs are an instant pick-me up!
What if your puppy doesn’t know how to have fun?
Maybe you have overlooked the fact that your puppy wants to have fun. Not everyone knows that dogs want to enjoy life just as much as we do.
So what can you do?
Luckily there is plenty that you can do. An old dog can be taught new tricks. If you haven’t been having fun with your puppy up until now, then now is the time to start.
When next you are going to play sport, do yoga or run an errand, take your puppy along. Speak to it all the time to keep it interested. Show it what you are doing and see how it reacts. You will soon see what appeals to your puppy.
You can even get your puppy to help you around the house. Keep your puppy with you while you do household chores. Show it what you are doing. You will be surprised to see how quickly puppies become interested if they are included.
Once you have your puppy’s attention you can start teaching it some household chores. Your puppy will love it and it will make your life easier.
Senior puppies love having fun too!
What happens when you puppy gets older? Never think that your puppy is too old to have fun. Just like people, dogs want to enjoy life for as long as they can. Having fun doesn’t end when your puppy get older.
You might be wondering:
“What fun things can I do with my senior puppy?”
Dogs of all ages love human attention and play. Your senior will still enjoy playing like it did when it was a puppy. Just slow down the pace and be gentle.
Problem solving and mind games are always a hit with dogs of all ages. Hide away from your senior and let it find you. See the happiness when you are found. Seniors are just as keen to have fun as younger dogs are. Dogs always want to have fun.
If your senior is too old to do the fun things you did together before, teach it some new tricks.
When you see how much fun you and your puppy can have you’ll never think differently
Many people see dogs as possessions that they have to take care of. Some people think dogs are an expensive burden. But it’s not like that.
Maybe you’ve thought of getting a dog but you’re not sure if a dog is worth all the effort. Whatever effort you go to for your dog will be given back to you plus more. Dogs are a blessing.
Want to know the best part?
Dogs also take care of us. They are intelligent and caring. They have emotions and they bond to their owners in a most wonderful way. Dogs are able to connect with people in a unique way. They learn to communicate with their owners. Dogs make people happy.
If you learn to give your puppy a lot of attention you will see how special it is. Dogs are special. It will be your friend and love you for its entire life.
Your puppy might end up teaching you how to really have fun!