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On your marks, GO!

Playing is fantastic; it crosses breeds, genders, sizes, and ages, and everyone loves it. Older adults running with calculated slowness and restless puppies running disproportionately everywhere, everyone wants to enjoy themselves, and we have a few questions.

Let's start with the fact that the play has many benefits. Playing improves mental flexibility and creativity; more than that, it produces social connections and improves emotional ability. For example, a game improves all kinds of behavior sequences for dogs, such as ambush, pursuit, and capturing. They also teach each other how to play together and improve in a collaborative game.

Sometimes the game can sound very aggressive and feel very real. It can feel like a very stressful situation, but only in a few cases does the game become serious. Dogs use their voice to change frequencies. The playful purring is a higher frequency and rhythmic, unlike a continuous monotonous warning growl. They can also recognize the higher frequencies and signal each other that they are in the game.

For the game's intentions to be even more apparent, dogs make specific movements; bowing is the most obvious to us. Still, dogs have many other signs that indicate the game's intention. The combination of the voices and the body allows them to continue playing for a long time and maintain the game atmosphere, even if the game gets a little intense.

There are also lovely moments; from time to time, one of the players "loses" and lets the other dog win. A fierce Chihuahua might stare at a huge Dogue de Bordeaux lying on its back, revealing a bright belly.

The dogs understand that they are creating a reality that will fit the game.

Every dog ​​likes to play in his way. Some dogs like to hunt and ambush, some like bite necks, and some like running and chasing. But even if two dogs want to play differently, they teach each other to play, and not only is playing fun for both players, but friendship is also strengthened.

And when my Belgian German Shepherd Hamlet lays on his back and lets Julie the Canaanite bite his neck with deadly screeching noises, I know they're having a lot of fun. I sometimes bark at them, so they'll maybe play with me too.

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