How to play tug of war with your dog

How to play tug of war with your dog

Dogs love playing tug-of-war, and for many reasons. It’s a healthy example of their predatory nature. It’s a great way to reinforce the human-dog bond.

If you want to play with your dog safely, there are a few rules and guidelines you should be following. Rules such as this keep the game from going crazy. As long as your dog is basically trained, you should be fine playing this game.

Release Command

Before playing, make sure your dog responds to a release command, and releases the item he has.

Choose a good toy

Choose a good dog toy, like a rope toy. Something designed for tugging.

Choose a Spot

You should play in a large area, with no dangerous objects.


Start the game. Make sure the dog knows that you make the rules and you choose when to start the game.


©The Spruce Pets, Video for reference
Featured image by Dog Time
Video by The Spruce Pets

Jaiveer Talwar

Animal lover, web developer, foodie and photographer. I have written over 115 articles in the field of pets.

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