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Old 05-04-2014, 07:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When I try to play tug with my 13 wk old pup, all he does is chew up and down the tug toy. Is there anything I can do to get him to grab and hold instead of chewing? I'd like to eventually get some PP training with him and want to lay the foundation for bite work now. I bout a nice puppy plush tug from leerberg but like I said, he would rather chew up and down the length of it than to grab and hold.

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Constant tension and slipping it from their mouths when they try to typewrite on it generally does the trick if your dog has natural good grips.
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I've never known it to be recommended to do any serious tugging until after they are done teething (6 months or so). The last thing you want is for a dog to rip out a tooth and associate biting with pain

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I've never known it to be recommended to do any serious tugging until after they are done teething (6 months or so). The last thing you want is for a dog to rip out a tooth and associate biting with pain

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That is a good point and I will keep that in mind....I don't do serious tugging (its not like I lift him and swing him around) just a little playing...but during this he does his chewing. I don't want him to get in the habit of chewing. I'm also trying to get him to tug to help with training. If he has deep desire for tugging, I can use that to help with training, rather than constantly giving him treats.

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Constant tension and slipping it from their mouths when they try to typewrite on it generally does the trick if your dog has natural good grips.
Will try this. thanks.
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Anubis does have a point though. For now food is going to be your primary motivator anything you do now has to be reasonably toned down. Little pops on the tug and constant tension will keep him gripping for now though. Once teething starts (you don't have long). I would stop all of that and work on something else.

A good puppy it won't really matter. I've seen puppies gum tugs and leave blood all over everything and they didn't care one bit about tooth or jaw pain, but it can't hurt to ease off during that time.
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I think I will stop all the tugging for now. I hope he didn't have a bad experience with tugging...I made sure he always won the toy, wasn't too rough on him, but maybe I screwed up somewhere.
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If he wasn't quitting on you then it is unlikely he had a bad time. The type writing thing honestly is a technique issue on your part probably. There are some dogs that do it genetically. That isn't a bad thing if it's a ppd necessarily but you won't win any IPO trials with a dog that does that.

Honestly you probably shouldn't be the person doing foundation work on your dog unless you know exactly what you are doing anyway. There are a lot of nuances to it a DVD can't help you with.

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I agree with others if this is serious then you should start working with an experienced trainer now. Too many of my schutzhund club members have dogs with bad habits because they did poor foundation work with puppies.

When berlin was young we tied wash cloths to flirt poles and did very light pressure tugging

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Old 05-04-2014, 04:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for your comments guys. He is taking the towel/tug toy and pulls on it while I pull on it, then if I take it by both hands, he chews up and down the rag/tug. Sometimes he just lays down with the tug in his mouth while I keep pressure on the tug and pull a little. But, when he is really into it, he adjusts his grip and does a full mouth bite (at which time I praise him, tug a little and let him win the toy).
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