Pit bulls love to tug. Mine is no exception. Spencer loves to tug with his doggie pals, and he loves to play tug with his family. My husband and I play tug with him often and Spencer enthusiastically throws his whole body into the effort. Like most pit bulls, he’s an excellent tugger.
His love for playing tug with the family includes playing with our 14 month old daughter Piper. What I have learned recently is that babies love to tug too, at least our does.
Every day, one of them initiates a tug session. Usually it starts when Spencer is chewing on his tug ball. Piper sees him, walks over, grabs the ball and the games begin. She pulls, he pulls gently (a stark contrast to the wild tug sessions that Spencer has with me), she lets go and giggles. Spencer brings the ball back to her and the game repeats. Throughout the session, Spencer checks in with me to see if he’s doing well and to occasionally seek permission before continuing the game.
While I think it’s completely adorable and often hysterical, it also warms my heart. The sound of my daughter's laughter combined with the gentle way that Spencer tugs with her is quite possibly sweetest thing in the world.