August 2019

Audience: Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers

Who doesn't like to play? Dogs play because it's fun, but it also helps them to develop coordination, strength, and confidence. Some dogs cope with stressful, overwhelming environments through play. A new building, a crowd, or a new surface might not be so scary if the dog gets to chase a tennis ball, tug on a toy or experience it while playing with another friendly dog.

Helpful Tips

  • What kind of toys does your new dog like? You can take an easy, step-by-step play assessment to figure out if your dog might like tennis balls to chase, squeaky toys and/or tugs. Some dogs might enjoy an interactive toy like a yummy treat-filled Kong® toy.
  • Help your dog learn to play with people.
  • Help your dog learn to play with other dogs.
  • Help your dog learn to play alone.