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Old 01-22-2010, 04:43 AM   #16 (permalink)
 

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i was also advised to avoid tug of war. I quickly discovered that tug of war was Gunny's favorite game and that avoidance wasn't going to work. If we didn't play, he was going to play anyway - with coat sleeves, shirts, jean legs, his leash, the towels on the towel bar, anything that he could tug. Luckily I found an article in a Pit Bull magazine that explained that tug of war can be a good training tool, as it saved him from yanking on and destroying everything else in the house that dangled.

We did need to make lots of rules. He went through a stage where he figured out that he could win if he grabs the rope where my hand is, because it makes me drop the rope (ouch!). He also needed to learn to sit when he didn't "win", because he started tackling people to get the rope back. And of course, the game is over when the person puts the rope back in his toy box.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:51 AM   #17 (permalink)
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thats where obedience comes in. your dog needs to know that he cant pull and chew on whatever he likes.
have you considered a spring pole?
if so, never leave your dog unsupervised while on the spring pole.
he may get his teeth caught or collar or something, and that could either be a really bad trip to the vet, or the end of your dog.
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Patch loves tug, my rules are, I never let him start the tug without a command and I never let him win the tug (him ripping the rope away or me giving it to him) I always end the tug with a command, like give or realease and he gives it up willingly.......for some reason my dog learned this training really quick (compared to everything else he learned) I think becasue he loves it so much............
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
 

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Gunny does have a spring pole that he loves and is much better now on the pulling / chewing / destroying. (When I first got him, he was also a "full grown" puppy with no obedience or bite inhibition, and appeared to never have been in a house before - not something that I was NOT quite ready to handle). I do still notice, however, that if I don't make an effort to get him enough exercise and play time, he will find a way to play with things in the house that aren't his.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
 

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I play tug o war with my 3 pits. However, I only play it when they are in a calm state of mind originally, and they know the "drop it" command. Basically, you say drop it, and they let go. I am working with my 9 week old puppy on drop it and he is doing well. I'm not sure of any official or proper method, but what I've used has worked for my 3 dogs. The great thing about drop it is it can be used with anything at any time. The reason "drop it" or whatever you want to use, is important because it gives you back the control. The game starts and stops when you say so.

Whenever something is picked up (a toy, and stick, a sock, whatever), say drop it. If they drop it on their own, praise like crazy. If they don't, then reach and take it from their mouth. I have not had a problem with snapping or anything like that, however, they do run off at first. That is why sit and stay is very important for them to already know.

I hope this helps!!
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I play tug'o war with Vendetta but she doesn't really care for it. If i don't say anything to her she will hold on but as soon as I say give it in a fun voice she drops it and goes and lays down.

Obedience classes are great but I don't think they do enough to teach you to teach your dog with distractions. I make it a point to go and work my dogs in parks and parking lots. Where ever people are gathered. i want my dogs to have complete focus on me.



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Old 02-25-2010, 02:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I'm a little iffy with tug o war. My dog Momo will attack my other dog Bruno,if he lets go of the rope during the game. So I try and play with them separately, if they want to play tug.
I don't want them to fight again.
I'm worried once Bruno is full grown, he might accidentally hurt MoMo if she snaps at him again.
Right now he takes it cause he's only 9 months.
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:28 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I play tug with my dog a lot, she loves it and it gets her tired because I do tug, chase and jump for toy, tug, chase, tug chase, for 20-25 minutes and she's beat.

My trainer said tug was a good tool as long as you control it. Meaning, you diced when to play, you give the toy, you stop the game. She said the dog should win sometimes because if not then what's the point, as long as you are in control of the game it's fine.

I can dangle the toy in from of Sasha and she will sit and wait until I say "get it" for her to start playing. When I say 'Ya!'(spanish) she stops playing.

She growls a lot but it's her being vocal, no hair standing in her back and I can get down and kiss her on the snout while she is growling(I actually do it a lot to get her used to distractions while playing) She'll look at me with her eyeball like WTF are you doing just pull haha
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Duece loves tug of war! Like Patch09, he has to start when I say and end when I'm done.
I to was told by a trainer not to play tug cause I will trigger his fighting need and make him unpredictable!! Needless to say that was my first and last session with that person and got another trainer lol.
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