Know the Tips About Do Mature Dogs Play

Think back for a moment to your childhood: what was your favorite game?

Have you chased your friends in staggering games of Tag or Red Rover? Have you struggled with your siblings and stopped when someone started crying? or bleeding? How about sharks and minnows in a sparkling pool?

Whatever your favorite childhood game was, think about the present now. Do you play the same games with your mature friends? Do you spend summer evenings chasing other matures in a roaring flashlight game? Or Marco Polo in your garden pool?

Probably not.

Unless you are playing with children, of course. But with your mature friends?

So, isn’t it interesting that dogs play all their lives? As matures, they play like puppies – with their puppy friends and with their mature friends.

Most animals stop this noisy game as they get older.

But no dogs!

Why? This is an interesting question, but let’s take a look at puppies and puppy games before we dive into the playful antics of mature dogs.

FIRST, WHY DO PUPPIES PLAY?

Just like human children, chimpanzee children or tiger babies, puppies play to learn and build relationships.

On the Companion Animal Psychology Blog, Zazie Todd, PhD, summarizes a 2015 article about why dogs play:

Ultimately, dogs play because it helps them to acquire motor skills, establish social cohesion and prepare for unexpected things so that they can manage them better when they do. Different stages of the game can have different functions, the beginning and the end of a game being particularly important for social cohesion, while the main part of the game is the most important for learning motor skills and preparing for the unexpected.

Source: Why do dogs play? via the psychology of pets
Playing with you, their person, is also important for puppies, but finding suitable playmates through dates and puppy play classes is the biggest impact. Of course, make sure that this is a closely supervised class run by a trainer or a scientific institution, but then let them participate. Just like young children, puppies need space to learn from their peers what is appropriate and what is not.

OK, SO WHY DO mature DOGS PLAY?

At some point, most growing animals stop playing. I mean, we could challenge our family to a squishy game of Scrabble, but we probably don’t wrestle in the living room before dinner anymore. At least … most of us are not..

However, mature dogs continue to hunt and bite until their body leave them, and even then they can leave for a game from time to time. I have a video of 13-year-old Emmett jumping around the living room with Cooper in a game arc for almost three minutes. Of course, he took a nap for several hours afterwards, but he still wanted to play and wrestle with his brother.

Why?

Well, according to an article on behavioral processes entitled “Why do mature dogs play?”?”the authors suggest that the playfulness of mature dogs has much more to do with us than with them! Here’s what they had to say:

So basically the dogs play because we loved the wolves playing! The article describes Playfulness as attractive for our “sweet” factor, among other things. And we already know how playing with dogs makes us healthier and happier, so it goes without saying that we domesticated dogs, partly because they played with us! Interesting, huh?