Sometimes I think people get the wrong idea about Play Groups for dogs. The fact is that dogs get as much exercise during a Play Group as they do on a Trail Run or a visit to the dog park. Sometimes, a Play Group is more fun and more tiring than any other option!
How could a Play Group beat a trail walk for fun? Well, there are a few reasons. Some dogs are overwhelmed by the number and size and sounds of large groups of dogs, and you run across large groups of dogs on the trails, in the fields, and just about anywhere. These encounters can stress out some dogs, or even frighten them so much that having fun is the last thing on their mind.
Usually, everyone get alone famously. If there is one issue we are still working on, it's keeping Socrates from getting dejected. He has not quite mastered the art of playing silently . . .
and so he sometimes ends up alone for a moment or two. He always remembers the trick to getting Buddy to play, though. Just pick up a toy, and Buddy will be happy to join in a merry chase to get it away from Sox.
Buddy is a toy aficionado. It doesn't matter who has it - he wants it! The end result is that everybody runs, and everybody runs HARD! Safe, stress-free happiness. I think all dogs deserve some of that!