As “adult human beings”, we often think of “playtime” as did when we were children. It was the time that we could do whatever we wanted with our friends and just be happy. We weren’t listening to our parents or other grown-ups and just had fun. Most importantly, we weren’t in school doing extremely boring English lessons or really, really hard math problems.
When we start to dig down into the concept of “playtime”, as grown-ups, we understand that our younger perception of “playtime” was not completely accurate. A lot of things were going on during playtime. We were learning how to interact with other kids. We were learning rules. There were grown-ups (i.e. teachers, coaches, or parent-helpers) directing and guiding us. We felt safe and were actually learning about real life.
Luckily, our teachers never mentioned that we were “learning things” during recess or we probably would not have liked it. We didn’t know it at the time; but playtime was a very important part of our learning process.
So, what is the case when we want to train our dog? We teach him how to sit, stay, come, place, walk, and many more commands. We correct him when he jumps, doesn’t listen, or barks too much. Is this all he needs? The answer is “No”.
Just like us, our dog needs a good amount of playtime to teach him about the real world. Playtime allows our dog to socialize and gain his “street smarts”. Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this and walks you through the appropriate steps for your dog’s playtime. Please check out our dog training article titled “How Important is Playtime with my Dog”.