- Gives your dog an appropriate outlet for his “prey” drive, rather than playing tug with your pant leg.
- Teaches the dog to release a prized object when he is really revved up.
- Teaches bite inhibition because the game ends if the dog accidentally bites your hand.
- It’s great exercise!
- Pick one Dog Toy to play tug with. We don’t want the dog to generalize Tug to all toys.
- Control access to the toy.
- Do not leave the toy lying around – you initiate the Tug game.
- The dog is not allowed to start tugging until you “cue” the game. Pick a word. I say “Tuggy!” Then present the toy and start playing.
- The dog MUST release the toy on command. Cue the release by putting a treat right by the dog’s nostrils and say “Give.”
- If the dog makes a mistake and bites you, screech “OUCH!” and take the toy away for 3-5 seconds. Act hurt and disgusted. Then re-present the toy and give your Tug cue. Your dog should play with more caution.
- After the release, do not allow your dog to re-take the toy without your Tug cue. When he releases, have him make eye contact before you tell him to re-take the toy.
After a great game of tug, feel free to reward your pet with some tasty Dog Treats to show that you are pleased with his behavior. Playing tug with your dog is a fantastic way to bond with your pet, and have some fun too. Now grab some fun Dog Toys, and head out to your favorite play area for some fun!
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