Dog Tug Toys

Allowing your dog to tug on a toy is great exercise as well as a great reward for good behavior. Tugging on a toy is a safe and fun activity for your dog as long as it is done with a few rules. We suggest the following rules for playing tug with your dog:

  • Your dog is allowed to tug on the toy only after you have asked him to "tug".
  • Your dog must not put his teeth on you while he is tugging. If this happens, say "ouch!" and immediately stop playing with him and walk away and ignore him.
  • Your dog must drop the toy when you ask him. You can teach him to release the toy, by checking out our article on training your dog to "drop it".