Dogs are naturally social animals, and they need mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. Playing helps to keep them fit and creates an important bond between you and your dog, increasing trust and strengthening the relationship you have with one another.
Playing with your dog and keeping them occupied is essential to ensure they don't get bored. Boredom can have varied effects on dogs, and while you might find some behaviour simply a nuisance, like running around the house and damaging things, the fact is that they're naturally inclined to burn off energy and find something to do.
One often forgotten benefit of playing with your dog is the one it offers to you. Studies of dog owners who spend time playing with their pets every day consistently show an improved mood and happiness levels - so pick up a ball and head out into the garden!