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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-30-2019, 06:16 PM
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I recall posting a thread on targeting years ago and remember a few more experienced members saying to choke up on the toy vs giving them more room to bite. It sounded a bit counterintuitive, but it works. My now 9 year old female and 6 year male did great with this, we rarely encounter problems other than my girls possessiveness. My (wife's dog) newest member still bites wildly and will grab whatever, he's making me rethink training in a number of areas.
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This is my experience with tug with my dogs. I bought a Goughnuts tug that is super durable and has a lifetime warranty for around $20. The trick is when playing tug, keep an even amount of pressure so they can’t regrip easily. My dogs are too good to not know if I blatantly let them win, we battle it out and they often do win lol.
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I would probably let the dog bite me and then put on a display of crying and acting hurt. Dogs realize that play is a mutual thing and every dog that I have had will adjust their play to keep from hurting whoever they are playing with. Like for instance, our 10-pound mutt who is able to pin the 100-pound female GSD to the floor. The ten pounder knows not to really hurt the other dog because the play will stop if she does.

If there are two dogs, I would do this one at a time until I get each dog clued in. Things are harder to get across when they are together.
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I bought a Kong tug toy like the one in the link below.. It isnt a solution to your problem, but it helped with my dog.. After plying with this toy, and having to bite and hold a certain spot to make the game fun, he has learned not to bite unless he gets the end.. Works great..

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they make really awesome gloves that you can use to protect your hands. they don't have to be rescue worker industrial strength to provide safety from whitefang playing too exuburently. seriously, an ounce of prevention, at least while you both learn how play with any new thing, makes it more fun, less stress.

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drat drat drat..even with all I know I still got my thumb nailed today. I was reaching for the toy when my gal-dog decided to readjust her bite. This is one reason why dogs aren't allowed to "chew" while in protection sports. They get a full bite and hold on. Safer for everyone.

My thumb, no blood but bruised. ouch

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