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Q: What does "win" mean in "tug of war"?

January 18, 2009 | By Pia S. | 11 answers | Expired: 2123 days ago

Pia S.

Two thumbs up to everyone that responded. For those that said I have to "win" - - what does "win" mean" to you? The definition of "win" has been very misguided. I believe in "win" myself, but let's talk about what "win" means. Good discussion, everyone!

Part 2: How many of you allow your pet to "win" sometimes? I'll write a journal on this soon.

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Marty T.
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Jan 19, 2009

I do not feel tug should be called 'tug of war.' You are not battling over an object. If you look at two animals tugging or look at wolves tugging on a piece of meat, it's a joint effort. It falls under the play category in behavior and not the 'fight' category. Therefore, there is no win or lose in tug. I do let my dogs 'win' if we want to call it that certain times because when I let go, they immediately bring it back to keep the game going. They never take off with it. If they did, I have not taught the proper rules. That, in my mind, is breaking one of my rules. Dogs do not end games, humans do. We control everything. But, I don't see this as win.

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Ro V.
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Jan 19, 2009

I agree with Mart T. on this one. Lulu would not tug. She was too timid. Once I started to let her retain the toy, she became more enthusiastic and playful. She never walked away with it but instead would shake it around a bit seeming to be joyous. I do permit her to retain the dog to keep her motivated. But, when I walk away, she drops the toy and follows me. So, I don't think she feels like she won and I lost.

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Pops
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Jan 18, 2009

There is a difference between playtime and serious time with an animal. When you play, it is just like with children - play and have fun. Winners and losers should not be part of the mix. Now when you are training or being serious about behavior, you must be in charge or the winner. Your pet must realize that you make the final decision.

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