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 

Wordless Wednesday

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My huMom has a very good friend who lives out in British Columbia. Her name is Erin & she has a good dog named Django (the D is silent). I sent him a Mighty Chaw Chaw in the mail & word is, Django is very proud of his new toy. Erin was nice enough to send us pictures & since today is Wordless Wednesday, I’ll let them speak for themselves.

CEO Olivia

Dealing With Nipping Puppies ~ Now You Know

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Thanks to S. Drew for asking how to deal with puppies & their razor sharp teeth.

Young dogs are very curious & they explore with their mouths. Touching, tasting & chomping are all part of how a puppy explores the world. That can get painful as puppy teeth are like little needles.

Learning to be a dog includes learning to control bite strength. Biting too hard is poor dog etiquette & this is learned through rough housing with litter mates. So how does a human deal with this chompy phase of a good dogs life?

You’re going to need to “puppy proof” your home by removing anything that might get chewed on from within a puppy’s reach. Shoes & boots go in the closet. Socks & undies go in a laundry hamper with a lid. Books should be up high or in a drawer. Electrical cords should be tucked behind furniture & unplugged if not being used. Plants, wallets, keys, human toys, phone chargers, all should be out of reach. Keep the bathroom door closed unless you like shredded toilet paper & finally, garbage pails should have lids. Phew! Look at it this way, if your puppy can get it in it’s mouth, it will.

Now it’s time to give your puppy positive options; chew toys instead of the furniture. First you need to establish what is their toy & what isn’t. When a puppy takes something inappropriate in it’s mouth you say something like, “no, that’s mine”, while offering a chew toy as an alternative & clearly say, “your toy”. Praise them for taking the chew toy instead. Dogs like to know the rules so they will appreciate you establishing these boundaries.

So chew toys will be very important for training.  There are so many but in our home we have had those made by Kong & our own Knotty toys for Good Dogs. Our Lil’ Gnaw is a good, all natural choice for a young pup. Have a few chew toys through out the home. Puppies, like children, bore easily. Puppies will also love a game of tug of war with you as this is a game all good dogs play with litter mates. To this day, my huMom & I still play tug of war with a Mighty Chaw Chaw.

Let’s be clear, you are going to get nipped. Be it from over stimulation or just a mistake, it will happen. Don’t get angry, the little pup is just doing what dogs do; they deal with excess energy or excitement through biting; that’s how they ground that energy. Always having a chew toy close by gives your puppy an option other than your hand to chomp on.

The good news is this is a phase, it will pass. With guidance & regular socialization, your puppy will grow up to be a wooftasticly good dog – like me. BOL!

Do you have a question about good dogs? Email us & we’ll try our best to find the answer.

CEO Olivia