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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Do you play rough with your dog?

So, the training/behavorist side of the room seems to be split on this one. Do you ever play rough with your dog? I like to get on the floor with his tug or a toy and I pull hard on it, maybe give him a "growl" or two, and basically just rough and tumble for a few minutes. He's never bitten me outside of a miss on the tug/toy which happens to the best of us and he doesn't play rough with anyone but me, even if they are on the floor and I've never had an issue with training.

So, what do you do?

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I don't know what you consider rough, but I sure do play an energetic game of tug with him!


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Rough as in, he'll come up to me and push/lean against me and I'll push/lean back, or he paws at me as he's pulling back on the tug. Stuff like that. General rough housing and rolling around on the floor with your dog.

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I "rough house" like that with my dog but if I tell him stop when I'm done he stops. The stop command definitely is a big one that you have to teach.
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I rough house with two of my dogs. the others don't have much interest in it. They love it, I love it and I think its good for bonding.
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I rough house with my dog. He never bites me or gets aggressive or anything. He just plays. And let me say, I am tiny. Berlin is probably about 30 or so pounds less than me. He has never hurt me. But I agree - knowing when to end it is important.

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He won't play rough with me even if I try to instigate rough play, although he'll play rough with my husband.


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My boy Jaeger loves to play but he is pretty careful with me and won't ever actually close his mouth on me or growl or anything. He's really sensitive and almost comically dismayed when he steps on someone's barefoot or otherwise elicits an involuntary "Ouch."
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Rough as in, he'll come up to me and push/lean against me and I'll push/lean back, or he paws at me as he's pulling back on the tug. Stuff like that. General rough housing and rolling around on the floor with your dog.
yes,we love to play rough tug game,if Odi paws me too much,i use my knees against her.

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We'll play rough with the tug, but he's not really interested in rough housing

Jazzy on the other hand loves rough housing! lol Go figure

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