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Old 09-19-2006, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default Is it a bad thing to play tug of war?

I heard some people say playing tug of war with your dog is not good. That it encourages aggression.

Do you play tug of war with your dog? If so, did you notice more aggression?

If you don't agree with playing tug of war, what are your reasons?
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:14 PM   #2
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I don't play tug with any of my dogs. I do it for my own reasons...

Some of my dogs are very large, and strong. Help me, if I were to LOSE a tug match! I also don't want any force on their teeth like that, even if they are strong, which they are.

I have heard that tug causes aggression. There's probably several reasons for this. A lot of people get in their dog or puppy's face when they play tug. The dog is already biting and yanking on something, if it doesnt know better, then it wouldn't know that a person isn't okay to bite or tug on, or another dog. And some dogs just dont get that point, no matter how hard you train them, and how good they are in other areas of training.

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I play tug of war with my dogs all the time
and they often play with each other at times all 4 will get in on it been doing this for years with my dogs and never had a fight
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I play tug of war with mine...all the time...he doesn't get aggressive but then I am not playing hard, if you know what I mean......he loves it and IF he ever would show signs of aggression the game would end...period....
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Yes I play tug of war with Jake. He never shows agression. If he did the game would end and he'd get a telling off, including being ignored for 1/2 hour or so.

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tug of war is a great game for dogs.They love to tug hard and are never aggressive.Many people are amazed at how strong my female golden is.She is way stronger than me.My 2 dogs are very good at this game,they do play and growl together but I don't correct them for that.If they were to growl at me, then they would automatically be corrected.They seem to know the difference bet.dogs and people.

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I play tug of war, although not as often as other games. Neither of my dogs has any problems with aggression so I am not worried. I might see it differently if I had a dog who is either very aggressive or very strong.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:21 PM   #8
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I play tug of war with River all the time and don't have any agression issues with him but I can see why people don't recommend playing it if you have a dominant dog. I think it's one of those games that you need to set the rules for and you need to decide when it ends just to make sure you remain the "boss".

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for me it would depend on the dog. I could not play tug with Bayta - She would decide that the best way to get the tug toy from me was to grab it up near my hand, sometimes getting my hand. She wasn't aggressive, just smart and she did not mean to get my hand, just the toy. So it just wasn't something we could do. Yao Ming, OTOH, plays very gently (perhaps the Lab in him?) As someone else said, I play it lightly with him and I don't "play growl" like some people do. I don't want to encourage growling and other behaviors that could send the wrong signal. I only let him do so by dropping the toy *after* he has stopped tugging. Multiple times during the play I make him give it up, he has learned "give" and will immediately drop the rope for me. I don't let him jerk it out of my hands and for the most part, he doesn't try anyway. It's just fun for him, not major competition. He prefers the chase anyway.
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I used to when my dogs were lil puppies but as they got bigger gave it up coz they were getting to strong & I always lost!

Never an ounce of aggression was shown & they are the softest things ever.

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