|Barked: Sat Feb 2, '13 10:06am PST |
|Hi all! Thanks for the support! It means a lot for me, this has been something strange for me, too, Squ'mey. My other dogs, all my life, and that makes 8, have all played with me naturally. Many have been actually nuts about it. I believe Rolo had very little human interaction before I rescued him.
I really can tell the boy wants to play from his body language, and we are coming along. We have about 3 play sessions a day, and he plays a little with other dogs in the park once a day. He has an excellent play bow! The squeaky really revs him up, lol. He is tugging very slightly harder now!
I am thinking of building a flirt pole when the weather is better, -- it's been running around 10 degrees now, a little cold to play a long time for me, not for him. One thing he really does like to do is run between two people. We have used this for recall training. He will go to one person, then "Come to mommy!" When he comes to mommy, he runs flat out, then slides into home base!
I found an interesting study going on: Dog and Human Play! At Horowitz's Dog Cognition Lab. You videotype your play with your dog and send it to them. I think this would be great to do with my dogs, esp. since we interact differently with each one. And once I get Rolo playing more, I may make a vid of him and me.
Perhaps they will be looking for the "play circuit" in the brain and what neurotransmitters it involves!
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