I love to play. Dogs play a lot together. We like it rough, so sometimes humans think we are fighting, as I explained in this blog. This is because when we play we have fun but we measure forces, too.
We also like to play with our humans. In a way this is measuring forces, for instance when we play tug of war. In this game we test how strong you are! Dogs play tug of war together too, you know. When I was little, I really liked to tug at a large stick held by a strong dog. Preferably a German Shepherd or a Rottweiler, because they are such a good sport. Of course I was not strong enough to carry this stick on my own, but that was not the point. The point was that these large dogs got very distressed, they wanted to snap at me but they could not, because then they would have to drop the stick. So in the end I would tug at the stick and they would hold the other end of it, growling and looking bewildered because this puppy tried to challenge them. Nice game.
There are some special games we only do with humans and these games are just for fun. I play a lot with M and P. For instance they hide some doggy snacks in an egg carton and I have to get the snacks out (easy). Or they hide something in the house and I have to find it. When it is on the floor I bring it back to them, when it is on a table or something I point my nose towards it, for them to see it. Actually it is a silly game, because why should I help them finding something they hid it in the first place… but well, we like playing together.
Of course we do ball games and a lot of other fun stuff, too. M managed to take a picture of one of my favorite games. Do you know what it is? Dancing!