Tug-of war is a popular game to play with dogs, even indoors. It will build your dog’s strength, coordination, confidence and help consume its excess energy.
Here are some tips for playing tug-of war safely without encouraging aggression in your dog. Firstly, use sturdy rope toys or rubber toys that are specially designed for this game.
Secondly, establish rules and set clear boundaries. Teach your dog to start the game and drop the toy on command. This will help prevent it from becoming possessive of the toy or accidentally biting your hand.
Thirdly, keep the game under control. Know your dog’s limits and take breaks. Always pay attention to your dog’s breathing and behavior. Teach your dog to calm down and wait for your cue to resume the game.
Lastly, reward your dog with treats or praise. This helps your dog look forward to the next game.