|10-09-2013 06:16 PM|
|Blanketback||I love rough housing with my dogs. I like the biting too, since they're taught to use a soft mouth on me. My last dog was an amazing rough player -we had so many great times getting crazy, lol. But he only played with me like that, otherwise he was pretty sedate with others. This current boy hasn't had the same rough housing experiences, because he has some weird spring to him, like a cat, and has already knocked out part of my front tooth. So it's just a little bit too expensive to go wild with him, lol.|
|10-09-2013 02:58 PM|
I think it's very important to establish a relationship with your dog. If rough housing is your favorite way to play, then it would become your dog's favorite way as well.
I do not allow teeth on me during play. No grey area when it comes to me. Hubby doesn't mind. I expect more from my dogs then my husband does. Hubby is all about grey areas. I'm black and white.
Strangely, the dogs ALWAYS come to me first when they want to play. I find that interesting.
|10-09-2013 02:42 PM|
If he gets too rough and starts biting. I settle him down. Biting is the nly thing I will stop the rough housing for. He doesn't have the capability to determine if his nails are too sharp or if a headbutt hurts me so I just have to bear through those things.
I guess it's just what relationship you have with your dog. Nobody can really say if either way is wrong or right imo. Some people let their kids date at 14, some 16, some older... Some people let their dog play rough with them, some don't. I don't think, if used in moderation and learned to be turned off, it's a bad thing. Obviously your pup is gonna act like you teach him to, to an extent.
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|10-09-2013 01:50 PM|
|10-09-2013 11:05 AM|
|Shade||I like roughousing but I draw the line at teeth I'm not a dog and don't play entirely like a dog, if they want to use their mouths then they can play with other dogs who like that sort of thing lol|
|10-09-2013 11:03 AM|
|Neko||it's a daily thing in our house, I have two children... A puppy and a man child|
|10-08-2013 07:51 PM|
|Sprout||Thank you all for the great insight.|
|10-08-2013 07:40 PM|
EDIT: I will add though, that this isn't a regular occurence. Maybe once a month, my boyfrend will really get down on the ground with him and get him all fired up. I've been teaching Baron to calm down when I tell him to and it seems to work. He realises that once the play session is over, it's over. I don't know if he would be the same if this was happening on a daily basis.
|10-08-2013 07:37 PM|
I don't really like rough housing as you or the dog can get injured and it doesn't really provide any benefits except you having fun. Maybe it is good for the bond between you. On some level i feel it is also nurturing excitement.
With tug you can teach the dog a lot of skills and the chances of one of you getting injured is less. You teach your dog to bite and fight in a controlled way and are working on the dogs targeting, grip and obedience. It also strengthens it's neck, back, legs and face muscles and is good for confidence. And it is a lot of fun and some dogs love it. Basically it is more constructive than rough housing and is a good tool for training.
|10-08-2013 07:33 PM|
|Cassidy's Mom||Personally, it's not something I would encourage. It's great that she's inhibiting her bite, but I'd rather my dogs play with me with a toy (like biting a tug, for example), than to put their teeth on my skin, no matter how gently.|
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