Dogs may not naturally play with humans due to lack of interaction or past trauma. Build trust through gradual socialization for them to feel comfortable and enjoy playtime.
mental stimulation, energy release, bond building, skill rewards, quality of life. Set clear boundaries for acceptable play.
Slowly introduce toys/games to dogs who don't play due to lack of socialization or conflicting instincts. Don't rush, be patient.
Reward interest in toys with treats or praise. Hide treats or spread peanut butter on toys to make them more enticing.
Interact with your dog using toys, start slow, give treats and praise for interest. Play and engagement help them learn quickly.
Teach dog commands for games like fetch: "come" and "drop it." Smooth gameplay depends on understanding these basic instructions.
Choose games based on your dog's interests and breed. Retrievers enjoy fetch, terriers like tug-of-war, herding dogs excel at agility and Frisbee.