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Dogs and their behavior: different styles


Playing is a natural and important activity for dogs. People like dogs have different styles when it comes to playing behavior - while some prefer racing and catching games, for example, others prefer playful brawls or so-called object games. Here you can learn more about the different forms of dog play. When dogs are chasing each other, romping around and happily catching, you can always see the fun! - Shutterstock / Rita Kochmarjova

It is important that dogs can live out their playing behavior. The game is part of social behavior and is used, among other things, to communicate with each other. Tensions are reduced, hierarchies are established and the four-legged friend is challenged both physically and mentally during the intensive game. As with human play, some dogs can romp better together and others can't - this is due, for example, to the different preferences in terms of play styles. While puppies tend to be less picky about their playmates, most adult dogs don't just play with everyone. You shouldn't push dogs that don't want to play with each other.

Hunting games: run and catch

Hunting games or racing games in which dogs chase each other sometimes look spectacular. Sometimes the fur noses run at high speeds in succession and try to catch themselves. The roles (hunter and hunted) are often exchanged during the game. What the playful hunt looks like can differ greatly. Some dogs run after each other almost without physical contact, others switch from running to fighting when someone is caught. Dogs get to know each other in the game and usually adjust the actions so that everyone is happy and has fun.

Scuffles: the playful fight

Brawl games are extremely variable and often form the next step after a racing or hunting game. The dogs roll on top of each other, one below the other, one inside the other. It is "hit" with the dog paws, clipped and also bitten, whereby there are no injuries. Dogs can control their jaws extremely well, so that no one gets injured during the fun fight.

With every game, it can of course happen that something goes wrong and a dog is bitten so that it hurts. Then the game should be stopped and the wound should be treated. Ideally, the physical requirements of the "fighters" during the fight are similar. A Chihuahua will have little pleasure in a brawl with a Newfoundland dog and there is an increased risk of injury due to the different size and weight ratio.

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Foot fencing: "tooth for tooth"

The so-called mouth fencing is a form of fighting game, which is about somehow getting the other person's mouth between his own mouth. What often looks dangerous for worried dog owners, since there are many dog ​​teeth, is usually harmless, as the bullies usually take very good care of themselves. Often, in the context of foot fencing, other regions are repeatedly reached, such as the neck or the legs.

Object games: play with tools

Object games are games in which objects are involved, such as a stick or a dog toy. The objects are carried around while playing, for example, or used as prey for which the fur noses can "argue". Tip: It is better if dogs use a natural object to play that is of no emotional value to any of the rascals. This way, arguments about the beloved dog toy can be avoided.


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