Monday, October 12, 2015 | NHS Behavior Department
Tug-of-war is a healthy display of a dog’s predatory nature. Tug provides great mental and physical exercise that you and your dog can enjoy together. It’s also a great way for you to bond with your dog.
However, it’s important that we teach our dogs to play by the rules. The rules are important because they can stop any overstimulation or inappropriate behavior on the dog’s part. These rules will help keep the game safe and fun for everyone.
Game Stopper! The game ends if the dog’s teeth touch your skin or clothes, even if it’s by accident. If this happens, let go of the toy. If the dog also drops the toy, you can pick it back up and put it behind your back while you ask your dog to sit. If your dog sits, you may use your cue to begin play. If your dog does not release the toy after his tooth touches you, simply drop your side of the toy and ignore the dog by walking away. You may even have to leave the room. With repetition, your dog should learn that the fun game ends if he does not follow the rules. Discontinue the game for at least one hour if you have to walk away from your dog.