The Psychology Behind Why Dogs Love to Play With Other Dogs |
Why does it seem that most dogs love to play with other dogs? What's the psychology behind that? Play actually has several functions. Researchers have studied dog play to try and figure it out. They've come up with theories and found evidence to support some of them. Play Helps With Motor Skills One theory of why dogs like playing with other dogs is to help them learn motor skills. When they're young puppies, play serves an important function. By chasing each other, rolling around together, mounting one another, and picking up objects with their mouth, puppies are learning and refining their motor skills. For instance, a puppy will learn how hard they can bite their playmates– how hard is too hard? Meanwhile, they'll learn how to move their bodies, as well as how to acquire food and even how to defend themselves in fights. Improvement in Balance Another theory is that dog play allows dogs to train for unexpected things to happen. Through play, a dog learns how to right his or her body