Tug-of-war is a great game to play with your dog and it comes with benefits that you probably wouldn’t think of. Almost every dog has the urge to pull and shake things thanks to their ancestors’ hunting days. Playing tug-of-war with your dog can help them both mentally and physically and it will decrease the incidence of negative behaviors when dogs grow bored.
From the start, most dogs will innately know and understand how to play tug-of-war. It will usually only take a small amount of encouragement for them to start tugging on a toy. Once they have it in their mouth, a small tug on the other end is usually enough for them to start playing. There are some dogs however that don’t immediately understand and can be timid about playing.
If you think tug-of-war would be a good game for your dog, but they don’t know how to play, you can teach them. Before starting, here are some things to consider:
Once a toy has been selected and the rules have been set, the following steps should be taken in order to teach them properly.
Peanut butter may not be necessary for all dogs. This is meant for dogs who are too afraid to grab the toy or play with it at all. Simply holding it and encouraging them to play can sometimes be enough. Dogs will also be bribed with chicken broth if peanut butter is unavailable.
Besides being a fun game that you and your dog can enjoy, playing tug-of-war with your dog comes with other benefits. Playing tug can promote impulse control, build confidence, and strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners. It’s also an amazing way to burn off excess energy and keep your dog both mentally and physically stimulated.
Training and playing tug-of-war with your dog is a great way to bond with them and make great habits. Not all dogs are the same and each one needs help with something. If you’re dog needs training, Giving a Dog a Bone can help. We can teach your dog everything, including how to play tug-of-war. If you want to book a training session or you have any questions, reach out to us on our online contact page and we’ll be ready to help.