Dogs just want to have fun

Published on January 27, 2013 by in Blog

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Dogs need to play to be happy and healthy.

Our dog Chase is so unhappy when he doesn’t get his play time and his exercise.  When the weather here isn’t too hot, we like to walk Chase to a nearby golfcourse.  This place (Granada Golfcourse) is a local dog attractor after hours.  The time just before twilight as the golfers finish up the local dogs and people walk around the edges of the course.  On really good days, we meet another dog that Chase can play with.  It’s wonderful to watch them play with such abandon.  Dog walking is good exercise, but all-out play is price-less for the mental attitude of dogs.  This video is from a day recently when he met Bo, a playful Lab.  Someday, maybe we will get to pet sit for Bo, he was a sweet boy

2 Responses to “Dogs just want to have fun”

  1. Sifsiniva says:

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  2. Thank you for your response. Dogs aren’t really all that different than people when it comes to affection and acclimation to others of their kind. Incidences of children abandoned in orphanages have shown that they will not thrive if they are not touched and interacted with. I don’t know if they have done any studies with dogs (I hope not actually), but I believe you would find similar results, and they probably have, about dogs who are mistreated. Sometimes there is no coming back from animal abuse mentally, and it takes a special kind of person to care for a dog that has been abused – and yes, not interacting with them is a form of abuse. If the only time you pay attention to a dog is when it is barking, plan on having a barking dog most of the time – same goes for kids (although they tend to whine instead).
    There is a lot of pressure out there to adopt animals, but people need to be careful of their choice and know how much care and what kind of environment they will be coming home to. When my child is grown we plan on adopting at least one dog, but having a dog who was abandoned in a small home with a young child can backfire. I have seen it go both ways. I know one person whose adopted dog is huge and extremely protective and potentially violent if provoked. They handle it well – he is a trainer – but I cannot imagine that animal in a family situation. Another person I know adopted a cute mid-sized dog recently, and she is positively love-on-a-stick. Dialog is welcome!

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