Do you have a dog?
If yes, then you can understand how they keep you busy whole day by wagging their tails, running after you and jumping around. It is always good to spend some time with your pet. The most common game you play with your dog would be ‘fetch’ where you throw a stick and your dog brings it back.
Same here! I loved to play ‘fetch’ with my pet Ronnie but I stopped playing it since I came it know that it is very harmful for dogs.
Yes, you read it right. ‘Fetch’ is really harmful for dogs.
Throwing a stick for pets to play ‘fetch’, is quite a common game but it can place the animals’ lives at risk. It should strictly be stopped, vets have warned.
The Australian Veterinary Association in the week condemned stick fetching, saying it may cause “horrific injuries” and different injury together with infection , choking and internal injury.
AVA president Dr David Neck aforementioned most pet owners were unaware of the injury that might be caused by sharp objects piercing a dog’s mouth, throat and other internal organs, according to the Daily Telegraph. University of Sydney Veterinary Science prof Paul McGreevy also said that fetching was necessary to a dog’s well-being however the owners ought to use safer alternatives like rubber bones, frisbees, balls or rope.
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So, the vets suggest that if you really want to play ‘fetch’ with your dog then replace the stick with rubber bones and balls.
What else to play with your dog?
I have some more game options for you which you can play with your dog. You can play ‘find the hidden treat’ with your dog’ where you can hide your dog’s favorite biscuit or cookie in a room and ask him to find it out. Every time he is able to find the treat, teach him to give a Hi5.
Similarly, you can play ‘seek the stuff’ with your dog too. This is a very good training exercise. You show the stuff (say a newspaper) and then hide it somewhere around. Then ask your dog to seek it. Once it brings the stuff back to you, treat him with a dog biscuit.
You can also play football with your dog. My Ronnie has become kind of expert in this game and he totally loves it.
Also, you can train your dog when you are free. For example, I have trained my Ronnie to do a hand shake, Hi5, Jump, Sit, Walk, Round Round (when he starts chasing his ow tail, haha! It’s fun), touch the feet and lots. This might take time but it’s a good activity.
I really hope from now, you will stop playing fetch with your dog. Dogs are darlings. You can invent new games and play with your game. It’s totally up to you how you wish to spend time with your pet-love.
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