Puppy Playdate

February 5, 2018

 

Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. What better time to set up a playdate for your furry friend! Play dates can be valuable for your puppy’s well-being and should always be a positive experience for all puppies. It’s an excellent way for them to release excess energy, exercise and learn a few doggie manners from each other as they socialize.

 

Tips for a Successful Playdate:

 

  • Keep the first meeting and interaction calm. Allow the puppies to sniff each other for a moment, then take them for a short walk together before letting them off-leash.
  • Meet for the first time in neutral territory. Choose a safe, fenced-in area that’s not too large so you can easily get to the puppies if necessary.
  • Try to match your puppy with another puppy whose personality is the same.
  • If you see your puppy is not interested or is not playing appropriately you may have to end the play date earlier.
  • Don’t try to force the interaction between the pups. Let them set the pace and initiate to play with each other.
  • Play close attention to the puppies and their attitudes towards each other.
  • Make sure to have a water and a bowl for hydration breaks!
  • Bring enough toys for the puppies to each have one.
  • You should always give your puppy a lot of praise and a few treats to show them they are doing a great job.

 

A well-mannered and socialized puppy who can hang around new people and other puppies will be a happier pup and a better companion!