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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
If you are working towards developing the bite for protection work, then part of playing tug with your dog is to teach it to bite full, bite hard, and fight hard for the tug. Letting them win after a good fight from their part teaches them how to bite, how hard to pull, and what to do to win, and expecting them to work hard to win builds their confidence and commitment to the fight.
So when working with a protection dog prospect, you want to avoid playing tug during the teething period where they may not be able to bite and tug as hard as they could, and playing gently and letting them win with only a bit of tugging is perfectly okay when playing for fun, but counterproductive when using tug games to develop bite-work.
I don't think there would be so much a worry about pulling teeth out that are due to fall out anyways - the worry would be having the dog develop sloppy/lazy habits. Also playing tug too rough during teething that they get some teeth yanked out may cause pain, which could create an early negative association with tug-games.
So while fine when playing for fun, if you are serious about developing a protection prospect, I would lay off tugging with a teething puppy until all their adult teeth are in.
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