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The Relationship Between Toys and Proper Training

We were out on a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence Revisit Training with a client in Coconut Creek working on keeping the dog contained in the back yard.  The containment training was going quite well and as we were finishing up for the day, our client had one last question.  “I know this isn’t quite on the subject of keeping my dog in the front yard, but could you help me understand what might be the proper toys for my dog?  I love to play tug of war with him, but it seems to get him nuts even after I want to stop.”


Electric Dog Fence Training and playing with toys in Coconut Creek


We all love playing tug-of-war with our doggies. They pull and growl and we pull back and think it is the funniest thing. This whole scenario can go on for a long, long time. Sometimes our dog gets the tug-of-war toy and runs around the room while we chase him, trying to grab the other end of the toy. Sometimes we end up with the tug-of-war toy and then scream and jump, encouraging him to jump and grab the toy again. Wow, isn’t that a lot of fun!

Do you ever wonder why your dog jumps, barks, and nips at people? Our dogs learn through repetition. We are constantly playing a game with them that requires actions of biting, jumping, and barking. Oops!

Also, guess who normally ends up with the tug-of-war toy at the end of the game? Our dog normally ends up with the toy and takes it of to his bed in the corner of the family room.  This is because we are now off to other of our “human activities” like answering the phone, sitting down to the computer, responding to the door bell, etc. In our dog’s mind, he has “won the game” because he ended up with the toy.

So what does all this tell us?

  • Jumping, nipping, barking, and other “bad habits” are enforced by playing tug-of-war because we are constantly condoning such actions.
  • From our dog’s perspective, playing tug-of-war enforces that he is the leader and he can do whatever he wants. Why not? He is the leader and we have told him so.

Bottom line, do not play tug-of-war with your dog. It is fine if your dogs play tug-of-war between each other, just not with you.  If you have any questions, or would like more information regarding this subject or Out of Sight Dog Fences, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Installers and Trainers in Coconut Creek.