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How To Play Safely With Your Dog

Throwing sticks and tug-o-war are great games to play with your dog right? Wrong.

Dr. Chris explains why...

"Play time for your pet is always good fun, for you and your four legged friend, but just don't forget a few ground rules.

Avoid games involving any sort of aggression as you don't want to encourage this characteristic in your pet.

Dogs are a lot like kids, they love hide and seek and chasing games, so balls and frisbees are always good.

Don't throw sticks. They can splinter and cause serious internal damage to your dog.

Try and avoid games like tug-o-war that are a contest between you and your pet. The reason? Well in your dogs eyes, this is a clear contest for dominance that could also easily result in tension in your relationship.

Although it might not seem like the most fair or democratic way to play the game, make sure at the end of the day you always win, and you're always in control. That way your dog has no choice but to see you as a person to respect and admire."