Issue 23: May 10

Dear Max

My dog loves to play tug-of-war with me using one of her plush toys, or even her leash. My breeder said this was a bad idea, and that it could train her to be aggressive. Is this true?


Dear Ben,

Most dogs love playing tug-of-war, I've been known to get into a game or two. In fact it’s so rewarding that it’s regularly used for motivation in certain high-intensity canine training programs such as agility, search-and-rescue and police work. Debate exists as to whether this is a healthy—or even safe—outlet for the average dog. Click here to learn if all’s fair in tug-of-war.


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