We just brought home Dahlia, a lab pit bull 8 week old puppy. Mom is all pit and was a stray, and we know nothing about dad...She wants to play tug of war with a stuffed toy. She is not interested in chewing her rawhide bone, just ripping apart everything else. This is probably a stupid question but is tug of war alright or does it promote aggressive behavior?
I have played tug of war with all my dogs, and have friends who have done it with their pits. None of use have ever had a problem with agressivness becuase of it. The biggest thing, it never let them see your strength, drop the toy occasionally don't let them pull it out. Also teaching drop it before the game ever begins. that way you both win. I was playing with a staffy bull at a show on sat, and I would let her win, then I would win. It was great fun we both enjoyed the game. Her owners do it all the time, and she was a doll baby.
Socialization is the biggest issue with agressive dogs. Take her everywhere you can, and meet as many people as you can. Adults, kids, people all shapes and sizes. Take her to the park, stores, etc. I have a truck stop near by and I even take my dog there. they get used to loud noises like the air brakes.
Tug is a wonderful game. While playing it however don't forget to also teach and out command and work on other games and commands. plying tug has nothing to do with making dogs be aggressive, that is a myth.
I play tug with all of mine from pups to adults. All my dogs are American Pit Bull terriers and 3 of them are also certified working therapy dogs.
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