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  • Can playing tug with a toy cause aggression in your dog?

    Playing tug can cause some dogs to become aggressive while they are playing. In these dogs, tug of war is a dominance behavior. They are trying to take the toy away at any cost to show their dominance over who they are playing with. In this instance, the dog may become more aggressive to win the game.

    However, many dogs can play tug and never show any signs of aggression. If your dog is becoming aggressive during this type of play, I recommend that you do not play tug with them. 


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