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12-13-2013 12:28 AM
OriginalWacky As long as the dog has an "off switch", I'm one to go ahead and play rough with them. Only once have I had a dog injure me in play, and that was a youngster who accidentally caught skin leaping for a tug. Of course, when they are young and have sharp teeth, I work really hard at teaching them 'Gentle' so they learn to use their mouth very softly before I start allowing them to bite at me or my clothes. I prefer my dogs to have soft enough mouths to carry uncooked eggs without breaking the shells.
12-12-2013 07:57 AM
AngVi I never play rough with my pups...they Never will put their mouth on me.
The men in my family think they should play rough with my male. He'll play rough right back, and if I call him over he will walk over and snuggle up all Kisses.
They seem to get who they can and can not play with.


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12-11-2013 09:51 PM
AugustGSD August and I can play rough, but I try to keep it controlled. He can get a bit too riled up and then i have to send him out in the yard to run the crazies out.
12-11-2013 09:37 PM
dogfaeries I can't get Carly to wrestle with me, but I can get her riled up if I grab at her butt or tail. She loves it, and jumps around and turns circles. I do it at dog shows sometimes to perk her up. She thinks it's a great game.
12-11-2013 08:26 PM
Bear L The agility class I attended, taught by Moe Strenfel, encourages playing with your dogs without toy to build engagement. She said some times on the field you may be without a toy and yet you still need to somehow have the dog engage and play with you without relying on any tool. She told us they are called "slap the baby" or "kick the baby" where you slap and kick the dogs. Since then I've been slapping and kicking my dog while we tug. She loves it.
12-11-2013 07:01 PM
gsdsar I play rough with my boy. Get on the ground roll around have a blast!!! If he takes it to far, a quick " easy" and he gentles up. He loves it!!!!

I tried with my girls. They act like I am a fool. Unless I have a toy.


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12-11-2013 06:56 PM
boomer11 its refreshing to see so many of you actually let loose and play like this with your dogs. to me a good wrestling match is the ultimate engagement training. with a tug or ball you dog is having fun with you through a toy; with this he is directly engaging with you on a really personal level. to me its good bonding time. like a parent wrestling with their child. when he hits the right spot or bites at the right angle it does freaking hurt. and yeah i agree if we were fighting for real he'd totally own me. the power is a given but its easy to underestimate how quick and slippery/elusive they are. it seems like i can never get a solid hold of him.
12-11-2013 05:08 PM
Bear L It looked fun from the video so I tried it on my dog. She quickly ran to grab a tug and shoved it at me but stopped in disbelief when she realized I'm playing differently. Like.. she wants me to calm down... hahaha.
12-11-2013 04:55 PM
Lilie I have other dogs, if they want to play like dogs they can play together - but not in the house.

We do play rough, but only with tugs / toys / flirt poles.
12-11-2013 04:30 PM
vicky2200 I used to play pretty rough with Dakota when he was younger. He loved it but never knew his own strength. He doesn't play much now. Ditto would NEVER play rough. If I get her to play tug, which is RARE, she might growl a little if I get her really worked up. But that is her extent of rough play. She would rather chase a ball. Daisy plays rough on her terms. If she wants to play, you can get her to. If she doesn't she looks at you like you are crazy. More often than not she looks at me like I am crazy. My toy poodle, Weegee, actually plays the roughest. He is easy to get riled up but is very gentle with me. He could hurt me but never has.

I think rough housing is good for your dog if they enjoy it. If they don't you should never push the issue to try to get them to play that way.
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