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Old 10-11-2009, 08:46 AM
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Default Tug of war makes your dogs mean!

That's what my relatives believe.
I play tug of war daily with my dogs. And I don't understand how it can make them mean! Any ideas? Has anyone ever heard of this?

They heard Ruckus and Lynn growling and really putting on a show during tug of war and they said "See, you are making them mean!"
I think this is just ignorance on their part, but I didnt know what to say back other than "No, its not"
so what does, or doesnt tug of war make a dog mean?

when we play tug, the game starts and stops when I say. We all take turns winning and losing. The dogs never bite my hand by accident, even though I do play with both dogs at the save time. I can take it away from them when I ask for it with no problem.
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:49 AM
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well... Rosey loves tug of war. She's now almost 11... and not mean at all lol She's the biggest wimp ever, and wouldn't hurt a fly! Of course... if other say it makes a dog mean, they must be right?
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:22 AM
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They heard Ruckus and Lynn growling and really putting on a show during tug of war and they said "See, you are making them mean!"
LOL, I would HATE to think what they would say if they ever saw Sofie playing tug-o-war, she gets downright crazy pulling/growling and she's good at it But she knows the rules, I say no bite or stop and she drops the toy (or I let her win, and have her moment of glory) and that under no circumstances are her teeth to touch skin.

I've heard it before, but I see nothing wrong with it once boundaries are set.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:26 AM
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I was actually going to post a thread on this because before I came here I was a CM fan and never played tug of war with the dogs and now it's our fav game. I don't see how it can make them mean at all in fact now the dogs are better trained beacuase tug is a reward for training
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:36 AM
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I don't see how it can make them mean at all in fact now the dogs are better trained beacuase tug is a reward for training
Sofie can get bored with training, and there's nothing better to her than a good game of tug out of the blue to get her fired up again!

LOL, so she will be a well trained mean dog? I'll take it!
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:29 AM
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Oh god.. If thats true then Im screwed.. Thats keelys fav game and we play it ALL the time. She puts on a big show too..

Id like to do Bitework with her. I could swing her around at the end of her pull rope and she wouldnt let gooo :P.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:37 AM
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Especially when puppies are very young tug of war is a bad idea.

We play a very gentle tug here on occasion.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:49 AM
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Hrmm...thanks for posting this question. We play tug of war with Abby, and she sounds like a devil with her growling! But, that's just playing for her. Fleur is also very growly when she plays, but I know the difference between play growl and mean growl.

It's all in the other body language being displayed.

I think that maybe tug of war would be bad for puppies because it could damage their bite, correct?
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:27 AM
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I think that maybe tug of war would be bad for puppies because it could damage their bite, correct?
Depends on the bite, I do believe that you can shift teeth out of alignment (talking scissor bite here), if it is played frequently while young. I certainly wouldn't be dragging a puppy across the floor and from side to side while they are still young, like I do my 3 yo, but light games here and there I don't see a problem with. They probably just as hard if not harder with their littermates. I won't risk a bite shifting after hearing breeders explain that's why their puppies were "ruined" (whether there's truth to it or not), either, so that IS on the back of my mind.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:36 AM
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I think that maybe tug of war would be bad for puppies because it could damage their bite, correct?
It can. You can play tug with a puppy, but you do have to be a little more careful. If a tooth gets pulled out prematurely by playing tug with them, the adult tooth can grow in incorrectly -- I've seen it happen. More common is that having a baby tooth snagged and pulled can hurt and can make them worried about playing.

When I play tug with puppies, I'm very selective about materials I'll use so they're less likely to snag a tooth. I don't really pull, I hold and let the pup pull a little -- and I let them win. When I'm done playing, I trade them for treats to get the toy back.
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