Watching a variety of different dogs play is one of the biggest benefits. Dogs really know how to party, and the joy they get from play can be contagious.
Mini-breaks and Time-outs
It’s possible to draw broad generalizations about breeds – retrievers tend to like to mouth wrestle and end up with their heads literally soaked, bully breeds tend to slam dance, some herding breeds like to play tag —
Know your dog, and know your dog’s friends
Symmetry and Handicapping Patricia McConnell talks about self-handicapping frequently on her blog and in her talks. It’s an important part of
Some dogs take offense, even in the middle of a play session, to a bitten ear or a jumped-upon face. The question is, how do they react? A warning and/or disengaging from play is just fine. Retaliation is usually not. In a safe environment dogs always have the option to end play by stopping and, if
This means (at least) two things must be true: the area is big enough for a dog to be able to leave the area of play and the participants are in control to take the hint when a dog wants a break.
So What’s Actually Acceptable?
One of the more interesting parts of my apprenticeship was watching how different trainers handled playgroups in both puppy classes and with adult dogs. Some were very
I came away a bit of a