Not only are games fun and a great way to strengthen the bond with your puppy, but they also serve as a way to teach your puppy special skills that can set him up for success later on in life. Read on to learn how to play with a puppy and what games to teach him so that he can pick up some basic and essential commands.
Fetch is a favourite game to play for most puppies that can teach them to come when called, and to get a great amount of exercise.
Find the toy games can teach your puppy to rely on his sense of smell and to use his brain. They can also prepare him for tracking. Before starting this game, make sure to come up with a unique name for each of his toys.
Tug-of-war is another favourite puppy game and can be a great tool to help you train your puppy to drop a toy on command.
Agility games refer to games that get your puppy moving and thinking. They are great at burning off calories and excess energy and they help increase your puppy’s coordination and confidence. Puppies love the challenge of jumping, negotiating obstacles and getting praise when they do well.
A great idea is to create an obstacle course in your own home:
Knowing how to play with a puppy is the first step to creating a strong and lasting bond. If you’d like to keep strengthening this bond, and teach your puppy some basic commands, read our article on how to train your puppy.