I was thinking about this the other day while I was watching twenty or thirty of our dogs wandering around and or playing in our big pasture. To watch the happiness and joy, that all the dogs were displaying whether they were running around playing with each other, digging a hole to nowhere, trying to catch a flying insect or just rolling in the grass, brings a certain warmth to my heart knowing that without us things would be very different for them. (See Videos)
Often times the beginnings of the behavior problems that you may encounter down the road with your dog, are directly related to the restrictions of a dogs doggy activities that we attempt to instill and or require at the early stages of the dog life, puppy hood.
By not allowing your dog to be a dog, we are inadvertently stifling one of the most important behavioral remedies for a dogs long term happiness, fun, which is directly tied into any future behavior problems that your dog could develop.
Another word, we start confusing an animal when we stop them from doing something that they consider play but for whatever reason we don’t think it’s play.
There’s only three ways that a dog knows how to play with another animal, regardless of the other animals species. Those three ways are play fighting, tug games and running around like a maniac while playing, ‘You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me’.
The Spirit Dog
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