Humans have opposable thumbs. We are physically more adept at manipulating our environment and capable of written language. Does that make us better. No, just different.
Because dogs do not have words that we can understand or written script, they communicate physically -
One of the common factors we have between the species is play. Most mammals out grow play as they age, but dogs and humans seem to continue to play through out their lives.
So Da Paws Place is a place to foster play. If you can’t do agility, you might be able to treibball, rally, dog dance, or just plain (what we would perceive as) Stupid dog tricks. To find out why I call it that, see the opinion page.
If we want to communicate with dogs to facilitate play, we have to do it at their level by getting them to understand that we can communicate by operant training. This can be accomplished through clicker (signal) training and shaping for rewards.