Most kids and dogs love a game of tug of war. For dogs it’s a classic – almost like a game of fetch.
Some dog experts say that from a pup’s point of view, it’s a way to show who’s top dog. Some say it imitates the primal instinct to grab and shake prey. Still others say it’s a way of socializing. But all agree, it’s a wonderful way to bond with your dog.
As with all games, it’s best to pay attention to a few rules.
- Keep the tug toy low. You want your dog to play, not learn to jump.
- When you want the game to stop, let the tug toy go slack.
- If you are accidently bitten, yell “OUCH!” – LOUD. And stop for a few seconds.
- When the game is over (for you) put the tug toy away. That way it’s special and not easily destroyed.
- And if any part of it is loose or broken, throw that part away.
What? You don’t have a tug toy handy?
Then make one yourself. It’s easy.
Cut three 36 inch strips of fabric –Fleece is perfect but old towels or shirts will do
Lay them in a line and knot the end.
Then braid them and knot the other end.
And with that…
Happy tugs to you!