Does your canine buddy love to play Fetch ? If so, put a little pawprint on your calendar for October 17th. It’s National Fetch Day! October offers perfect weather for getting outside with your furry best friend. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a local Newmarket, ON veterinarian discusses one of Fido’s favorite games.
Why Dogs Fetch
As you may have noticed, many dogs learn to play Fetch just through instinct. This is particularly the case with Retrievers. This makes sense, as these lovable pups were specifically bred to bring back game—particularly fowl–and/or specific objects. For hundreds of years, this ability was highly prized, so it’s no wonder that breeders actively picked dogs that were good at it.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that our canine pals really love playing Fetch . It isn’t just the act of running after ‘prey’ that gets Fido’s tail going. It’s also a chance for him to spend some quality time with his favorite humans. When you take time to throw a ball or stick for your pooch, he’ll know that you’re doing something just for him. Playing Fetch is also a wonderful way for you to bond with your furry companion, and make him feel loved! It’s also worth noting that our faithful canine companions love to please their owners. Doing a good job is a great confidence booster for Fido, which is wonderful for his mental and emotional health.
While Fetch isn’t exactly a high-risk doggy sport, there are some things to keep in mind. First and foremost, be sure to play in a safe area. It’s worth noting that some dogs simply shouldn’t be encouraged to jump or stand too much, because of the strain it puts on their hips and legs. This is particularly a concern with large breeds and dogs that are prone to hip dysplasia, such as German Shepherds. You’ll also want to make sure you’re tossing things that are safe for your furry buddy. This will vary, depending on Fido’s size. For example, a Frisbee is probably going to be a bit much for a Chihuahua, while a tennis ball could be a choking hazard for a Saint Bernard. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions about your furry pal’s health or care? Call us here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your local Newmarket, ON animal hospital, today!