Dog Tug Toys - New Tug Toys For Your Pup

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Dog tug toys are at best of times a very controversial subject for various reasons. If you ask 5 different veterinarians, dog trainers and breeders what their opinion is regarding playing tug of war with your dog, you may be ready for confusion as each of them will have their own perspective.

Many believe that it is dangerous as it inflames aggression or encourages rough behaviour. Some feel that the temperament of the animal is the deciding factor while others be of the opinion that it is not a question of if you play tug of war or not, but rather how do you play tug of war with your dog.

Deep beneath the fur coat of your beloved best friend the heart and instinct of a wolf remains. It does not matter for how long we claim to have domesticated dogs, their instinct remain.

A study on playing tug with your dog was done in 2002 to establish whether or not playing tug intensified the aggression of dogs. At the end it was concluded that playing tug with your dog have no negative results on the relationship of a dog and his owner.

Now that you know it is safe for you to play the tug game, you need to keep the following in mind before you go out to buy the tug toy.

Make sure the toy does not have any unravelled trimmings. It can result in problems if the strings catch between their teeth, especially with small dogs whose teeth are tightly close together. A good quality toy will last and will not deteriorate due to rough handling.

A very important thing to note is not to allow your dog to play tug with any hose hold or clothing items. This way you teach your dog that all these things you give to play with, are permissible to use as toys in the future as well!

Your dog's chewing ability plays a large part in choosing the right dog tug toy. Don't be mistaken by the size of your dog. Large breeds tend to be less of chewers than smaller dogs who have outstanding chewing abilities due to their much smaller teeth.

In addition, be careful to buy a dog tug toy that allows you to have a stronger grip that the dog. If you pull to hard, it might be possible for you to pull out a damaged tooth by accident.

Apart from buying the right dog tug toy, you need to ensure that it is used in a safe manner for both you and your K9 companion. By no means you must allow your dog to hang down in the air as he clutch on to the tug toy with his mouth as this is very harmful for their teeth and jaws.

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