The Perfect Partnership: Playing Ball with the Dog

Absolute cooperation between two separate beings. Both child and dog get to play: the child gets to hit the ball, and the dog gets to chase it, over and over. When was the last time you saw such a perfect partnership?

Children and dogs learning through play

And what an amazing learning experience for both of them — the child learns how to manipulate his body to move the bat to hit the ball just right; the dog learns that the child is a valuable playmate and the source of many flying spheres. Both are learning the nuances of how humans and dogs relate to each other.

(Always remember that adult supervision is important, just in case something goes wrong.)

What are other games your child could play with a dog? We’d love to read your ideas, and so would other readers