What does motivate dogs stronger – food or play? Until 7 months old puppies are more motivated by food than play, after this growth stage – play wins. So get into a habit of playing with your dog, be challenging but also allow your pup to win against you.
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Playing with your puppy not only helps in bonding but also in developing its social skills. Therefore, you should encourage your dog to play more often. It is best to play with your dog in a safe environment, such as a fenced yard or a designated dog park, to ensure that they are not at risk of getting hurt or injured. You can also try different games with your dog, such as hide and seek or fetch, to keep them engaged and entertained.
Teach your dog that you are more fun than just obedience training. Later in life, your dog will often need to make a decision “abandon my cool, energetic, playful dog friends or come to my owner and go to a boring home”. Prove your dog you can be more fun!
You can make yourself more fun and engaging for your dog by incorporating new activities and games into your routine. Try taking your dog on different walks, to new places, or even on a hike. You can also try different training techniques, such as clicker training or positive reinforcement, to make training more enjoyable for your dog. Additionally, you can enroll your dog in a doggy daycare or even take them to a dog-friendly restaurant or cafe. This will allow your dog to socialize with other dogs and humans, and it can be a great way to spend quality time together. Remember, the more fun and engaging you are for your dog, the stronger your bond will be.