Playing Tug of War With Your Good Dog

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I bet you sniffed out this blog post from home. Today I want to suggest a wooftastic bonding game for you & your good dog. Playing ‘Tug of war’ can provide a wonderful outlet for the natural canine urge to grab & pull. It’s a fun way to exercise your good dog too. I’m sure you’ve seen puppies playing this game with each other.

First you’ll need a good tug toy. All our Knotty Toys can be used for a game of tug but our Knotty Chaw Chaw & Mighty Chaw Chaw were created specifically for tug of war games.

It’s important to set the rules & be firm. We good dogs like rules. While learning the game always encourage proper play. Keep each round of tug short, no more than ten to fifteen seconds. You can end the round by commanding your dog to release or you can let the toy go & let your good dog toss it about.

Remember this is just a game, not a competition. If your dog is taking the game too serious & is showing signs of aggression, you need to stop immediately. Let go & step back.

It’s also important that grabbing onto anything but the tug toy (your hand for example) is not allowed. You want to be having fun not inadvertently encouraging what could become a bad & potentially dangerous habit.

If you want to read a more detailed article on playing tug, I sniffed out this article on the ASPCA web site.

Stay home, Stay safe.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia 

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