Of all the cute things dogs do, I think that playing is the most entertaining. And unlike singing, dancing or begging, it is not something that has to be taught. They just do it.
I love playing with my dogs. Both of them growl viciously when they play (Maya learned it from Sephi), but it is a play-growl not a mean one. When Sephi plays, she turns her butt to Maya in order to keep Maya from pawing at her or mouthing her face. Even when just Sephi and I play, Sephi uses this tactic. It cracks me up! Maya, on the other hand, is all in your face and she has her paws a-swingin’. Imagine a 60+ pound dog jumping and throwing her paws high up in the air! It’s hilarious! No matter how many times I see Sephi and Maya play, I can’t help but to smile. Oftentimes, I laugh until my cheeks hurt and there are tears in my eyes.
Playing fetch with Sephi and Maya is always fun too – for both them and me. Sephi is getting old now and will only fetch about 4 or 5 times. When she is done, she lets me know by taking the toy somewhere off to the side rather than bringing it back to me. Maya won’t play fetch if Sephi is in the yard. If Sephi is in the yard and I throw the toy to Maya, she will look to see what Sephi is doing first. Because if she chases after the toy, Sephi might chase after her and that is no fun at all for Maya.
I have not had much luck playing fetch with a frisbee. Sephi won’t even try. Maya tries, but she only catches it 1 out of 15 times. Eating the frisbee is her favorite part.
What do you love about your dog’s playing techniques?