When the puppies were smaller, I invented a game called “Give It To Mommy.” What’s funny now is that if I turn to Rodrigo and say “Give It To Mommy” he’ll run to get a toy and Sydney will wait with excitement, because it’s tug-of-war / chase time. We tug toys back and forth and then I chase them or they chase me. It’s quite silly and it was so cute when they weighted about 25-30 pounds.
We’re still playing it at 70 pounds. They’re stronger than me. And they don’t get the concept of fetch and return. Each game of fetch automatically morphs to a game of Give It To Mommy when I’m around. Johan has better luck with them.
My advice to you is have fun with tug-of-war, but be sure to differentiate that at a young age from fetch and return. I still think we can teach the dogs fetch so I found this video that I’m going to try out with the pups.