If fetch isn't your dog's cup of tea, tug-of-war is a fun way to burn off some of your dog's excess energy while cooped up inside. This game sometimes gets a bad rap due to the common misconception that it encourages or increases aggression in dogs or that it will result in some sort of a power struggle between you and your pup as you compete against one another to win the game. But research has found no link between playing tug-of-war and any behavioural problems, including aggression, and in fact this game is really more about cooperation than it is about competition. Think of the tug toy as the "prey" and you and your dog as members of the same pack working together to bring down your target – it's you and your dog versus the tug toy, not you versus your dog! Not only is this game a terrific workout for your dog, it's also a great way to satisfy your dog's predatory instincts while strengthening your bond through teamwork! That said, we do recommend following these basic rules
when playing tug-of-war with your pet, and be sure to use a tug toy that's big enough to give you a good grip and soft enough to ensure there's no risk of damaging your dog's teeth.