The game in dogs
The game is ntaurel in dogs. Of course he does not have the same notion of the game as humans, but the fact is that the game is a primordial aspect of his psychological construction . The game is also a way for the dog to determine the relationship he develops with other dogs, other animals, and humans. There are 3 main types of dog games :
Locomotor games are often the first to appear. It's kind of a way to exercise. Running, jumping anywhere, cabrioling, jumping, jumping... are locomotor games, that is, games that stimulate muscles. In observing the animal world, we note the essential parallel between the locomotor games and the activities of the adult on the hunt.
Games of this type are muscular preparations to the laws of hunting . It seems that the repetition of freshly acquired movements makes it possible to improve them, to better control them and, consequently, to increase the dexterity of the animal and thus its subsequent chances of survival.
object and predation games
manipulative games are used to intervene objects. These "sting" the curiosity of the dog who, if not frightened, will touch them, sniff them, take them in his mouth. It is this phase of fun exploration that allows the animal to become familiar with the object .
Subsequently, the dog will play strictly speaking with the object by manipulating it . This object, become familiar, can then represent a real toy for the animal. A real fixation for the toy can even occur (the dog and his favorite ball). However, in most cases, the animal will be able to lose interest in the object more or less quickly.
The origin of the object game seems to be that of training to the capture of prey. Playing with something in nature means playing in the absence of someone, which implies:
- that the animal is high enough in the scale of species to know the social game.
- he is the only one who wants to play and has or invent an object that will serve as his partner.
What can the object game bring to the person who practices it? It appears to be a beginning of training in Mastery . Hunting dogs may be better at this exercise.
The social game involves many animals and is mainly between young people, but also between young and old. mother or another adult, or more rarely between adults. There are few specific motor sequences in the social game, with the exception of gaming intent signals.
These are essentially game-chases, hide-and-seek games, play games, or more complex games. The social game is the game of invention , flourishing and power , of course.
It coordinates several members in a race unrestrained towards a specific goal: this is chase that characterizes the social games of four-legged animals. Of course, when they become adults, they will not run after each other, but in concert towards the same prey.
He can also divide; so put two male dogs of about six months in a garden and observe them: as soon as they have finished, they will begin to fight, but gently, without rolling up the chins, or the hairs of their spine , so as not to get really hurt.