The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Playing tug without wrecking my hands.
Does anyone have any suggestions and ideas on how to play tug with your dog and protect your hands from wear & tear?
I have psoriasis and associated psoriatic arthritis in both my hands. Of course one of my and Gryffís favorite thing to do is to play tug, but it is BRUTAL on my hands! Even if I wear gloves (wich I often do). My hands end up painful and bleeding, arthritis pain and inflammation flares up. My hands are red, swollen, hyper-sensitive due to the inflamation. Any pressure/contact increases the pain, even just wearing gloves causes more pain in and of itself (vicious circle).
Of course, itís not like Iím going to stop playing with my dogs. Itís just too much of a great bonding/fun thing to use for playing, and for a reward when working.
Wondering if anyone has any ideas no how I can play and reward and save/protect my hands from the physical abuse tug puts them through. Same issues with my hands whether I use a sausage tug that I hold at both ends(which is a bit difficult for me to hang on to because of the strenght required which I donít have anymore because of the arthritis), or if I use a tug with a loop handle or a rope. Easier for me to hang on too, but a killer on my hands.
I am on anti-inflamatories for pain, and coritsone creams for the skin, but they are of little help when faced with the challenge of plaing tug on a regular basis.
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