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Rope Toys For Dogs – Knowing The Risks and Rewards

Rope Toys For Dogs – Knowing The Risks and Rewards

Rope Toys for Dogs - Knowing How To Properly Use ThemDog Trainer Training from Animal Behavior College prepares futures for those interested in animal careers. Effective exercise and play strategies is part of the approved curriculum.  One strategy used to accomplish this is teaching the benefits of esteem-building with rope toys.  There can also be risks involved.  Therefore, it is helpful to know the ways you can play with your dog that maximizes fun through interactive play, without creating any behavioral issues down the road.

Rope toys are twisted or woven cotton ropes that fall into several categories.  Some have multiple knots.  Others have bones, hard plastic handles, or rubber balls attached to them.  You’ll want to select rope toys that have significant length to them and will not fit into your dog’s mouth if playing alone or using them for a teething tool.Besides knowing the best kind of rope toy to purchase, you’ll need to ask advice from a professional dog trainer on how best to use the rope toy for play without injury or behavioral changes creeping up.  According to experts at Animal Behavior College, dogs who always win at tug of war can quickly assume the alpha dog role over you.  If this happens, it can lead to additional behavioral problems.

Yet, for puppies with more reserved personalities, occasionally allowing a ‘win’ during tug of war can help build self-esteem and courage; a quality that is advantageous as long as it’s not overdone.  The best kind of dog trainer training will help you sort out methods that are effective for playing with your particular dog’s personality.

Some additional things to consider when using rope toys are:


  1. They should be soft and flexible since rope toys are very appealing to most dogs because of this quality.
  2. During dog training, a rope toy can be used as a reward, for interactive games, or a chew toy.
  3. When soaked in cool water, rope toys can be soothing for teething pups.  Ask your dog trainer about different kinds that facilitate this purpose.  Make sure you are always present when your puppy is chewing on a rope toy.
  4. Rope toys are flexible and easily carried with you on outings with your dog.


  1. Rope toys should not be given to aggressive chewers.  Larger dogs can shred the rope and swallow fibers, creating digestive problems later on.
  2. Some dogs may transfer the idea of chewing on a rope toy to clothes, shoes, other personal items, or even furniture.  If this occurs, you may need to consult your dog trainer to help your dog ‘unlearn’ the behavior.

Don’t leave your dog unattended with a rope toy.  Unexpected problems could occur with a broken plastic piece or bone fragment from the toy.

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