The subject of play in relation to dogs is all of a sudden a very hot topic. The very strong sales of Pat Miller's Play With Your Dog and Robin Bennett and Susan Brigg's Off-Leash Dog Play are certainly a testament to customer interest in this subject. Three new items this week - all relating to play in some respects - show that research is picking up on the subject:
- Canine Play Including Its Relationship to Aggression DVD by Karen London. This DVD seminar explores the complex relationship between aggression and play and how these two seemingly opposite behaviors interrelate with each other.
- Canine Fear, Aggression, and Play DVD by Jean Donaldson. While Jean's seminar focuses primarily on aggression and fear, she also takes time to explore the role of play - why dogs play, its role in the evolution of dogs, and how to recognize play vis-a-vis aggression.
- Play Therapy With Kids & Canines by Rise VanFleet. While the above-mentioned books and DVDs focus primarily on "dog play," human psychologists are discovering that playing with dogs can have profound therapeutic benefits for children, especially those suffering from stress or trauma.
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