Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Puppy Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-04-2009, 12:05 AM
AGonzalez AGonzalez is offline
Not a lurker
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,702

My "vicious" pitbull and I play tug frequently. It's fun! She also plays it with my 2 year old who sits down and loves being dragged on his butt across the kitchen floor...she lets him win frequently. Lord knows if she didn't want to let him, he'd never get it, but as soon as he gets it from her, he brings it back, and if she gets it from him, she brings it back.

Yep, so aggressive. :-)
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 09:06 AM
Fran101's Avatar
Fran101 Fran101 is offline
Resident fainting goat
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 12,548

we allow tug here, but when i say "ENOUGH" she lets go or i get up and walk away and the game is over
we dont play it that often, because she much prefers fetch

Disclaimer: I work for Trupanion and love it/our policy! But I do not speak for the company or as the company.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 09:21 AM
corgipower's Avatar
corgipower corgipower is offline
Tweleve Enthusiest
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: here
Posts: 8,233

I always play tug with my dogs. I even let them win the game and carry the tug back to their crate.

Tug is a great way to be interactive with the dog and allows you to play with him while keeping him focused on you and engaged with you - ideal for training.

Aggression is aggression and playing is playing. The dog I have with the most aggression has the least interest in playing tug (or playing anything else).
The slayer of all things happy since 2010
Kibble feeder since 1973

Extreme owner of four herding dogs

puzzles, poetry and so much more ~ Doggy Puzzles created by me
My dog Votes!
proud member of the MUMS 2009 7th place team CISRA 2009 1st place team SUMS 2009 2nd place team
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 09:52 AM
Maxy24's Avatar
Maxy24 Maxy24 is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 8,039

I love tug, my dog never knew the "out" command and he never got aggressive. Tugging does not make a dog aggressive with you, why would it, it's a game? So long as you the dog understands that hands are not to be touched while tugging I don't think there would be any problems unless your dog is already a resource guarder. I would teach an "out" command for convenience, it makes life easier in case he takes some object and thinks when you go to get it it's tug time.

I love tug, it's my favorite dog game and i think it will be somewhat of a requirement for the dog I adopt. There was a pit bull at save a dog that was the greatest tug partner ever.

Thank you ~Dixie's Mom~ for my awesome siggy!
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 10:32 AM
mrose_s's Avatar
mrose_s mrose_s is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: QLD, Australia
Posts: 12,169

I use it with Buster because. a. He loves it and b. it helps him get more confident.
We have rules (drop it the second I say so, watch your teeth with my hands etc) but he really enjoys it.
If I drop it and let him win, he runs straight back to me and tries to hand me the tuggy again.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 03:01 PM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 22,020

Good link there. Yeah...tug is a game but all games have rules. I teach "give" as one of the first puppy lessons and split things up when we play tug. Most of the time I let the dog win and I am sure to throw in a few "gives" along the way just to keep him humble. Then I give the toy right back for another round. ("take") It's definitely not a cause for aggression or dominance. Dogs and humans have played together for eons.
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams 1776

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 09:11 PM
boarderx415 boarderx415 is offline
Active Pup
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 4

how about a toy to wrestle around with your puppy. only play with that toy and your puppy will know its playtime when you grab the wrestle toy.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:06 AM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site