5 active games to play with puppies

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Playing active games is a great way for pets and their owners to stay mentally and physically healthy. For young dogs, regular activity is especially important -- just observe the maniacal behavior of a puppy after being cooped up for too long. Some people may find it difficult to keep up with the energy of a precocious pooch, especially those for whom "cardio" means a mad dash for the fridge during commercial breaks. The good news is that providing your puppy with enough activity doesn’t need to take a lot of time or effort. In fact, young dogs need just as much down time as they do exercise.

Anyone who owns a dog knows that, no matter the breed, these animals love a good nap. Some breeds take several per day depending on how much exercise they get. For puppies, each day is filled with flurries of frenzied activity alternated with some serious snooze time. And just like young humans, skipping a sorely needed siesta is never a good idea. According to emergency veterinarian Dr. Katy Nelson, sleep is an extremely important part of the growth and maturation process of puppies. If you let them play too hard or too long, you'll end up with a very grumpy pup.

Now that you have a sense of your puppy’s natural activity patterns, you’re probably wondering how to fill his wake time with fun and fitness. We’ve got you covered. Read on for a list of five active games for puppies.

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