Tug O’War- A great game for your pup

Tug O’War- A great game for your Pup


Koop waiting patiently

Tug O’ War time!

One of Kooper’s favorite games is Tug O’ War with my husband, Scott. It is a nightly ritual in the Anderson house. Scott will say “its Tuggy time,” he will then get the Tug and Koop thinks it’s the best thing since his favorite dog treats! : )

Some people are against playing this game with their pup but if you are doing it the correct way, with rules then it can really benefit your dog. We have learned that it is a great exercise for Kooper and he releases a lot of his energy when playing tug o’ war.

Here are some reasons to play this game with your dog:

  1. Strengthens bonds: Since this is a game that is played together then your bond will increase because you are spending time together. Interacting with your dog and playing with him will increase that connection to one another.
  2. Helps teach your dog self-control: When you follow the rules for playing tug you need to have your dog sit and wait patiently when you hold up the tug toy. You only let him grab it when you give him permission. Also, during your playtime randomly tell him to “give” and make him give the toy to you. Once he gives it to you, then you can proceed to play again.  Remember when you are not playing to put the tug toy away. Bring it out only when it is time to play.
  3. Provides a channel for roughhousing and minimizes inappropriate use of teeth: Some dogs just like to chew or bite something. When you tire out your dog they have less of a chance of chewing on inappropriate objects. Tug can be a great exercise that helps your pup get rid of his energy.

Try adding Tug O’ War to your list of exercises to play with your dog. This is also great if it is too hot outside or rainy for a walk. This can be a nice indoor activity for you and your pup pal.  Visit your local pet store and check out all of the different tugs. Scott likes the one that has a grip for your hand since Mr. Koop is pretty strong. They should last awhile since you only let your dog play with them when you are playing together.


About Courtney Boyle-Anderson

After graduating from college with a psychology degree in 2011, I was excited to start my career. I searched long and hard for a job within my field but quickly found out I needed a masters to pursue many of the jobs that were available. Within a few months I began working for a benefits enrollment company and soon moved to a small accounting firm. While the people were fantastic, I soon realized the cubicle life wasn't for me.

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