You have three seconds to guess which is the worst game you can play with your dog? And no, it’s not Russian Roulette. It’s actually tug of war. Why is that NYC dog owners may ask? In initiating or playing tug of war you set up a competitive relationship with your pet. What does this mean in the doggie world? It means your dog versus you competing for alpha. So this very game sets you and your dog up as an equal, not a puppy parent. And we at New York Dog Nanny always recommend that dogs are trained to look up to their human as a worthy pet parent. Your dog should look to you for direction and guidance just as a child looks at his her parent/guardian and most adult figures for what to do and how to do it. Bottom line do not play tug o war with your nyc dog–ever.