3 Ways to Play With Dogs


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This article was co-authored by Beverly Ulbrich, MBA. Beverly Ulbrich is a Dog Behaviorist and Trainer and the Founder of The Pooch Coach, a private dog training business based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Certified CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator by the American Kennel Club and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Humane Association and Rocket Dog Rescue. She has been voted the best private dog trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area 4 times by SF Chronicle and by Bay Woof, and she has won 4 “Top Dog Blog” awards. She has also been featured on TV as a dog behavior expert. Beverly has over 17 years of dog behavior training experience and specializes in dog aggression and anxiety training. She has a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a BS from Rutgers University. This article has been viewed 97,408 times.

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Updated: July 6, 2020

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To play with dogs, start by letting the dog sniff your hand and give it a gentle scratch behind the ears to gauge its mood, especially if you don’t know the dog. Next, talk to the dog in a cheerful, high-pitched voice to get it excited about playing. Then, you can start with a simple game of fetch by throwing a ball or stick, and you can even chase after toys together. Dogs also love playing with rope toys and chew toys! If the dog gets tired, loses interest, or seems overstimulated, take a break from playing. For tips on understanding a dog’s body language, read on!

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