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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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