#1 – Playing and Roughhousing With You
Ding ding, the match is on! If you’ve ever watched dogs playing at a dog park, you’ve probably noticed their favorite form of play looks a lot like wrestling.
They jump on each other’s backs, pin their playmates to the ground, and some even use their paws and noses to push and prod. It can look intense, but this kind of roughhousing is perfectly normal and even encouraged. It gives dogs an outlet to let off steam, and as long as both sides know not to take it too seriously, it’s fun for everyone involved.
There’s always a level of trust that has to come with roughhousing with a friend. You have to know your partner isn’t going to take advantage of you, and you need to be comfortable enough around them to let loose.
When your dog starts initiating this kind of play with you, consider it one of their greatest compliments. It can sometimes happen at an inopportune time, but it’s their way of telling you not only that they trust you, but that they think you’re super fun to be around. Doing a little wrestling with your pooch is certainly safe and fun, and it will even give you a new game to play to keep your relationship strong!