Do dogs need to play with other dog?

Our dogs do need physical activity, mental activity, and social relationships. But they don’t necessarily need to get those things from other dogs. In one study, dogs separated from familiar kennel mates may have been less stressed than dogs separated from familiar human caretakers. It’s just one study, and it’s small, but it hints at what strong bonds dogs form with humans. Studies of shelter dogs also suggest that human companionship improves their welfare.

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