Earn how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog’s responsiveness, and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise that he or she needs.
Play is fun, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just goofy or frivolous. Play is a powerful tool that can teach dogs to come when called, be polite to visitors, and drop the remote control instead of grabbing it and running under the bed! Tired dogs are happy dogs, and there’s nothing like learning the trick “Are You Ashamed of Yourself?” or the game “Find It!” to exercise your dog’s body and brain.
And don’t miss the section on “How NOT to play with your dog.” It can prevent some common and serious problems like nipping and biting. (Spoiler: Tug games are great if you do them correctly!)
Here are just some of the things this book will enable you to do:
- Play your way to a quiet and contented dog
- Use Games and Tricks to teach manners quickly and effectively
- Find the right toys for your dog
- Use play to solve problems, rather than create them
- Decide whether organized classes are right for you and your dog
- Impress your friends with your dog’s new set of tricks
Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted dog lovers for over twenty years. She is the author of ten books including The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs and For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend. Trisha lives on a farm near Madison, Wisconsin and two dogs, one cat and a flock of sheep.
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