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Playing with your dog every day is life-saving! Besides being fun, playing is an essential aspect in the learning of social skills, as well as physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Whether your dog is a young pup or an old hound, play is a necessity for a healthy life. Don’t skip out on playtime just because you’re not feeling up to it, but keep in mind your dog’s health when playtime comes around. Here are 3 reasons you should be playing with your dog everyday! Paws Up

1. Play is important for your dog's well-being

Does your dog have behavioral issues? Lack of play can cause upwards of 22 different behavioral issues including anxiety, aggression, pulling, whining, and disobedience. No dog parent wants to see this in their dog, so be sure to engage in fun activities everyday to keep them both mentally and physically fit. Even something as simple as a daily walk can keep your dog happy and healthy.

2. It keeps your dog mentally fit

Socialization is probably the most critical aspect to raising a well-balanced dog. Actively engaging with other dogs and humans is the best way for them to learn good manners. Try taking your dog to the park… it’s fun for them and you’ll be able to enjoy some fresh air. There are also some fun toys and puzzles out there that are made specifically to keep your dog mentally stimulated. Even playing a fun game of tug can be physically and mentally stimulating for your furry friend.

3. It also helps combat dog-obesity

Laying around on the couch all day isn’t good for humans, so why would it be good for dogs? The truth is that it’s not. There are a plethora of ways you can keep your dog physically fit. We recommend taking your dog out on the trails for a hike. Nature hikes are beneficial for both you and your dog. For one, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of nature and your dog will discover new smells as well as get some quality exercise. It is a win-win all around! But don’t forget to take their harness along so everyone can enjoy their time on the trails.

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