• Michael D'Abruzzo

    February 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Hi Gail,

    I would think playing chase with a dog isnt the best game in the world – even though my dog used to love the same thing when i was a kid, and probably good for bonding with your son.

    But, when the dog would get loose outside when i was a kid – guess who was also chasing who? she would continue the game for blocks and blocks with a little fat boy (me) chasing after her huffing and puffing!

    A better relationship can be built if you do encourage fetch games or even tug games as long as your son is able to follow through with the start the game, stay in control, and end the game rules. Using two balls to start fetch works best.

    The more a dog learns to lead play the more difficult it is to teach the other way around.

    Definitely good you are starting a good “come” command early.