This Week’s Topic: Play Tug With Your Dog

Tug:  Once your dog starts grabbing at a toy, starting a game of tug is easy.  Just gently pull the toy and your pup is likely to pull back!  Soft toys are best for this.  Below we will teach you how to play tug with rules so that your dog learns how to control their biting and jumping, and “say please” in order to continue the game.

The games we teach are super-fun and great for releasing energy, but they must also teach communication and rules.  For example, never allow your pup to grab your hands or clothing.  Whenever he does this, immediately fold your arms and turn away from the game as if you are completely turned off.  For an instant, your pup will be surprised, stop mouthing you, and look up as if to say, “What did I do?” In that instant, you can praise and re-engage the game.

See our post on House Training Your Dog.