If you are thinking about getting dog friends together, we are about to share our Tips for Dog a Play Date. Our pooch is quite sociable, but he is not into play anymore now that he is a “mature” dog. So we like having other dogs over for a calm afternoon of sitting together to watch the sun go down or chew on play toys. All dogs are different, so think about these Dog Play Date Tips.
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Dog Play Date Tips
Choose the right playmate: In our case our older dog will stand a puppy for 5 minutes tops. Nano is not interested in catching frisbees as much as he did, so we have to find a friend who won’t be eager to chase a ball for hours. Thing about your dog’s personality and try to find a match for it.
Where to hold the play date: Your home is a good option depending on what you plan on doing and the space you need for that. Otherwise, consider dog parks, dog beaches, a hiking trail or a dog daycare.
What you need: There are a few things that do get most dogs happy to have handy:
- Toys: While at any age dogs like toys, don’t bring along Fido’s favorite. Those are not easily shared always. Again take into consideration what you have planned to do. Balls, chew toys and things to tug on are usually welcomed.
- Water: Remember to always keep pooches hydrated
- Snacks: Who doesn’t like a treat? Find out if the playmate has any allergies. Nano loves Vet IQ snacks made in the USA, which are great to care for his dental health. We offer these to dog friends without second thoughts because they are wheat, corn, soy and gluten free. We also treat Nano to hip&joint Vet IQ snacks because we like its triple action that supports cartilage, muscle and joints.
Size and gender: Often dogs play nicer when they are of the opposite sex. Also consider size. Your Great Dane might play well with a Tea Cup Yorkie, but the Yorkie could get frustrated at not being able to do the same things the Dane can in terms of speed and ease.
Play Date Fun!
Always keep an eye out for the dogs’ body language. You want to eliminate trouble before it begins. If something does happen, don’t panic. Yell and make a surprising noise to help break out any fights. Hoses work well too. Just don’t grab any of the dogs from the collar. It is when accidental bites happen. Remember, you are getting dogs and owners together for group fun, adventure or bonding. It should be an enjoyable and happy experience for all involved.
FOTO NANO Y NANIS
Now that you have these tips, are you ready for a doggie play date?