Using the touchscreen, the owner can play with, train, pet, walk, and wash their virtual dog. With the microphone that is built into the DS, the player can create voice commands that their puppy will understand and, if properly trained, follow. Dogs can be walked to the park where they can practice their disc catching skills, and to the gymnasium to practice agility. Players can also visit the discount shops to buy supplies for a lower price. Dogs may be entered in disc competitions, agility trials, and obedience trials, as there are five different levels in each competition. As the game is played, the player earns "trainer points" for various activities such as walking their dog or winning in contests. As trainer points accumulate, more dogs and backgrounds become available for purchase. Trainer points will decrease if the player does not care for their dog properly or mistreats it.