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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Importance of Play


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   Playing with the family pet is an important social interaction, both for the pet and the human. It increases the human/animal bond and ideally brings joy to all participants.


The activities of throwing a ball, playing tug with a toy, or simply scratching or petting your dog all add depth to your relationship with your dog.


Dogs learn to play as puppies. If you have rescued a dog and he shows no interest in toys, it’s likely he was deprived of this interaction throughout his life. A typical ‘puppy mill’ dog will not understand the concept of playtime.


To encourage Fido to interact with toys, make a few of them “special”. Try hiding them around the house and direct him to them so that it appears he has discovered them. Make him work for it by wedging a favorite toy under the couch or in a half-opened drawer so that he can enjoy the reward of capture.




You don’t have to spend a lot of money on toys. Crumpled newspaper inserted in a sock is just as much fun as a thirty--dollar toy from a pet supply store!


   Remember, dog ownership is a commitment that lasts for the life of the dog. If you do not have fifteen years of quality time to spend with a dog, do not adopt one.


   If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call me at 856.981.8957. There is never a fee for email or phone consultation.


I apologize for being unable to share my column, last week. My mother's memorial service took precedence. It has been a difficult few months but Brother of the Wolf is now open for advice, support, and training,


Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Located in Gloucester City, NJ