Playing Tug With Your Dog

Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking
Train Your Dog to Speak
How to Teach Your New Pet His Name

If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.

  • Tug provides a constructive outlet for your dog's extra energy, says trainer Mikkel Becker, and strengthens your bond with your canine. Dogs love to play tug, but there are some basic rules your pup needs to understand in order to play safely. If you follow all these rules, it’s even OK to let your dog win on occasion.
  • It's natural for a dog to bark. It's one way he expresses his feelings — everything from excitement to agitation. If you have an incessant barker, it's important to teach him an alternative behavior like the "quiet" command. If your dog is fearful or aggressive, though, the "quiet" command might not be the right fit for your pooch. Talk to your veterinarian, who may recommend a referral to a behaviorist or certified trainer for your pet.
  • Teaching your dog to speak on cue isn't just a cute trick; your dog needs to know the speak command before he can learn to be quiet when asked. Training your dog to "speak" and be "quiet" can be a great behavior management tool.
  • Naming a new pet — whether it's a puppy or kitten you acquired from a breeder or an older dog or cat you've adopted from a shelter — is an important way to make that animal part of the family. In this Vetstreet video, trainer Mikkel Becker shows you how to quickly teach your pet to respond to his name in just a few easy steps.

Tug provides a constructive outlet for your dog's extra energy, says trainer Mikkel Becker, and strengthens your bond with your canine. Dogs love to play tug, but there are some basic rules your pup needs to understand in order to play safely. If you follow all these rules, it’s even OK to let your dog win on occasion.

It's natural for a dog to bark. It's one way he expresses his feelings — everything from excitement to agitation. If you have an incessant barker, it's important to teach him an alternative behavior like the "quiet" command. If your dog is fearful or aggressive, though, the "quiet" command might not be the right fit for your pooch. Talk to your veterinarian, who may recommend a referral to a behaviorist or certified trainer for your pet.

Teaching your dog to speak on cue isn't just a cute trick; your dog needs to know the speak command before he can learn to be quiet when asked. Training your dog to "speak" and be "quiet" can be a great behavior management tool.

Naming a new pet — whether it's a puppy or kitten you acquired from a breeder or an older dog or cat you've adopted from a shelter — is an important way to make that animal part of the family. In this Vetstreet video, trainer Mikkel Becker shows you how to quickly teach your pet to respond to his name in just a few easy steps.

READ MORE: Dogs, The Human - Animal Bond, Dog Behavior, Vetstreet Videos, Dog Toys, Dog Training

Advertisement