Book Review: Play Together, Stay Together: Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs

Play Together, Stay Together: Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs by Karen B. London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


First and foremost, all dogs are good, so jot that down.

Play Together, Stay Together rails against the now-defunct dominance theory where your dog is constantly trying to usurp you for pack leadership and your only recourse is to physically intimidate him. Instead, Ms. London suggests that the best way to bond with your dog is to fucking party all the time.

I’m hesitant to call it a book, since it’s like 90 pages. That’s more of a large pamphlet. The rest of the pamphlet lays out fun little games to teach your dog the power of friendship, as well as improving their recall and expanding their linguistic vocabulary with cool games like fetching specific objects and hide-and-seek.

Beefton and I have been practicing the game where he chases me around the park and I eventually give him a treat, and it’s his third favorite game. His second favorite game is Tug of War, and his first is Dog MMA. It’s improved his recall dramatically to the point where he’ll come when I call even if he doesn’t see me, so long as he’s not distracted by one of his first two favorite games. I’m also pretty sure he knows the name of most of the roommates.



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