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50 Games to Play with Your Dog Paperback – October 1, 2007
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For example, you start with simple fetch. Not all dogs like to do this, and the book is honest about that. But if yours does, you move on to teaching the names of specific items, like fetching different toys on command. That done, you start teaching the dog to take the item to different people in the house, like take the ball to Jan, take the teddy to Mike.
(I do think these kind of complex games are going to work best with highly motivated working dogs like border collies, terriers, german sheperds, and individual mixed breeds with similar characteristics.)
What I like is that each step is made into a game, and if you're patient and like this kind of interaction with your dog, it should be a lot of fun for both of you. The book could also be a good gift for a patient 10 to 14 year old with an active young dog.
p.s. If you're looking for a bigger, more complex, more detailed tricks book, check out 101 Dog Tricks by Sundance. But that's a much more academic approach, and would be overwhelming for most kids. 50 Games to Play is a good little starter book that's more about fun. 101 Dog Tricks has advice on what to do if your dog balks at something you're trying to teach. 50 Games to Play suggests you just move on to the next thing and see if the dog likes that one better.
and is playing the games with the dogs. Good book and great seller!
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I'm quibbling but: about 25 of the "games" are what I would call "tricks", and a few of the games: agility for instance; are subject for entire books themselves,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by JR
I love that this book went beyond suggesting and describing games you can play with your dog; it teaches you how to teach your dog skills to help them play…or to just be good dogs! Read morePublished 16 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach