Originally Posted by Airman1stclass
I've had dogs in the pass. Some were big some were small. Now that I am planning on getting a GSD, I know that there will be times where myself and the dog get into some wrestling matches. Of course I won't be slamming or doing anything to cause pain to my future dog. But I just wanted to know, is wrestling with your dog ok? Does it help with you two bonding in anyway? Thanks in advance!
Heck yeah it helps....
There is a bit of a learning curve of course because a GSD is well equipped with the tools to make wrestling not so much fun for the human but in a short time the dog learns based on your guidance.
Almost on a daily basis, I simply say to my pooch..."ya wanna wrestle?" and she knows it game time. Yes, I've had a drop of blood or two at times but most always only because it was an accident...if the dog wanted to seriously clamp down, it would be a trip to the ER not just a scratch or two.
I never do too much of the pinning stuff while we are wrestling, usually it's just mild forearm shivers, open hand cuffs to the head and body and a sleeper hold of sorts, I have yet to try a superplex off the top rope yet...don't reckon I will..the paw slapping and mouthing by the pooch is their general defense accompanied by lots of dekes. In the beginning, when it would escalate a bit too much, I knew when to stop...like I said a GSD has the tools to make play wrestling not seem so playful....granted the dog is playing but it's too much for me. Once your pooch figures out the game and that humans have flesh with pain receptors under their clothing they get pretty crafty at just grabbing loose pant legs or sleeves.
In the winter when I have plenty of layers on, we do pseudo-schutzhund as I call it. When we are outside and I tell her game on and it's go time, she'll latch on to my forearm at times with a bit more force than usual but nothing painful. I think GSD's are so damned smart that they can easily distinguish between bite forces in a fairly short time. Oh, if she does knock me over during pseudo-shutzhund game time, I just curl up in a ball and play dead until she paws me hard enough to get me to move. I then command her to drag me to safety....but she's still working on that. We always and I mean always end our sessions with a warm handshake and a friendly demeanor.
Also, if my furry gal ever and I mean EVER tries to wrestle with anyone else ( who didn't want to) I get very jealous and curtail it immediately hence it is not an issue. However, if someone instigates a wrestling session with my pooch, I most certainly do not hold my dog back....she's smart enough now at 1 1/2 years to know how to play with humans.
Good luck and enjoy,