Bonding with Your Puppy: 10 Fun Things to Do Together
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- Important to note: you don't need to go overboard on this. Yes, exposing your pup to playing nicely with other dogs is a good thing. Setting yourself up for every day or your pup's going to be mad is anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics or behavior an animal, or object). Dogs don't need daily friends. They need guidelines, exercise, rest, food (preferably healthy) and water. They are perfectly happy without daily playdates so don't over extend yourself or make your dog be friends with other dogs they don't even really want to hang out with. Find the few good "friends" and have casual playdates here and there.
1. Play fetch: Puppies love to chase and retrieve objects, so playing fetch is a fun and interactive activity you can do together.
2. Go on a mini hike: Exploring nature with your puppy is a great way to bond and get some exercise. Just make sure to choose a dog-friendly trail, keep it 30 minutes to an hour for young pups and take poop bags!
3. Visit a park: No I did NOT say Dog Park. A regular park. Socializing your puppy means showing them life, with activities going on around them.
Dog parks are the absolute worst idea for socialization. No one has a recall on their dog. Most don't understand play styles so you'll end up with rough and tough running over the timid dog. It's like taking your kid to a mosh pit and calling it "day care" Just don't!