Why Dogs Need to Play: Reason #4
It’s a Fun Way to Teach Your Dog Manners
Playing with dogs is fun, but it’s also a great way to work on some basic training and improving manners. Playtime is one of the ways puppies start learning basic manners right from the beginning; if they play too rough they’ll likely get a nip from their littermate or mother, or they might stop the game altogether.
So how can you continue that trend of using play to help train your dog? By engaging in interactive games with him. Take the tug of war game for example; it’s a fun game by itself, but it also helps teach your dog how to be gentle when using his mouth. Dogs always observe their owners so when you engage by playing with him, he will learn social cues from you.