Puppy Game to Play
The puppies' game: a bond with the owner: Learning will depend if this ludic behavior is included or not. There is a correlation between game's complexity and the evolution grade of a species.
Characteristic of the Game: In animals playing is spontaneous, and usually reflect real situations, though exaggerated. The dog seems to hunt something, but his movements are disproportion. While playing, aggressiveness is not admitted. You can see an inhibition conduct regarding bites. Repetition is obvious in puppies, which bring the ball once and again.
The Puppy's Role in the Game: Playing allows the puppy that don't hunt and move too much, to get rid of some energy. Through this activity, he receives many stimulus and must face situations he has to solve. This will allow him to fight against anxiety of a new situation in his adult age. Playing guarantees a good social cohesion in the pack, communication in the group, and puppies' learning. Playing is voluntarily, free of limits, but that the owner must control to enhance hierarchic relations. Playing is useful; the puppy needs to play, not always for fun. The puppy plays in different ways, and there are many classifications. Watch your puppy and you will see the following sessions.
The Social Game: It's objective is to establish relations between mother and puppy, and between brothers. The owner may intervene in this social game, as a member of the pack. The puppy, in this case, plays chasing games, or fighting against the others. During the chasing game, a puppy runs after another, stop, turns... We also find the ludic fight in social games, as well s possession games, where many puppies dispute over something. The owner's social game with his puppy must be brief, to establish relations with him. But be careful: the owner must be placed always over the puppy hierarchically, so he must always win in fighting or persecutions. Have always in mind the meaning of the game, it is not always rowdy.
The Lonely Game: Here only the puppy plays. He may play alone, with an object or with part of his body. We find three kinds of lone games: movements like jumping, playing with some part of his body, and with objects he shakes, bites or chases. The owner must let him free in this sessions. The dog plays alone, he needs it, do not intervene.
Locomotion Game: The puppy discovers his movements, his capacity to move his extremities. He becomes conscious of his own body, and how he can use it. He jumps, falls, lifts up.. Seems as he is acquiring a motor dexterity. He can play alone or with his owner. If he falls down, leave him alone; nothing will happen he will lift up again.
Handling Game: Takes place with objects. Then he learns to discover his environment. He smells the object, pushes it, bites it... This game means exploration of the outside world. It's very important to give him his own objects, and not ours, like shoes for instance