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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-09-2015, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Who wins in tug ?

Are there any general rules of thumb regarding who wins in a game of tug?

During our frisbee sessions about every 6 retrieves, I have her in a frozen sit and hold the frisbee over her head, move it around maybe a little closer, left and right etc..and then maybe walk around her while I am still holding the frisbee over her head and then give her the "okay" ....she launches and tug begins. I let her win maybe 1 out of 4 times unless she honestly wins. When I "win", I do it per my command rather than ripping it away from her. I guess I have never researched if there is a best method of using the game dependent on the dog.....is it better to let dogs with certain characteristics win more often or less often?


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I personally look a the overall relationship you have with your dog. I own the toys we play with anyways.
When I had 4 dogs the top dog would also let the subordinates "win" if he decided to. But only because he was their ultimate leader and could afford to. With a newbie in the group he would never let that happen.
So I learned from him that I don't let that happen until we have a solid bond. But there will be other views on this I am sure.
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The relationships between dogs and dogs are different than those between humans and dogs. A dog does understand that there is a difference between winning against a dog and winning against a human. And so...even though in the dog world who ever wins the resource is considered top dog, it is not to the same level as when they do it with a human...especially because they quickly realize we don't care about the same resources (toys) that they do.

My dogs always win. I want them to have confidence, they know who is in charge without me having to beat them in a game of tug. I actually expect that I can't get the toy out of my dogs mouth unless I tell the dog to out, or I choke the dog off the toy.
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Well my dog hardly outs, so I guess she wins every time?

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In trying to help build drive in my boy I always let him win and make a big deal out of it when he does, lots of praise and acting dumb and excited when he gets the tug. When we finish a session, he gets to carry his tug back to my car... Hands down his favorite game.

He also always wins anyways because he very much wants that tug and is a lot stronger than me, only way I can get it is what Max stated above.

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the fun during the game for my dog is actual tugging...once he's won, he pushes it right back into me for more fight. My pup and him tug often, and he lets the pup win now and then, which I think is pretty sweet.

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Hmmmmm...interesting a few votes for always letting the dog win as a confidence builder. I might let her win more often since the relationship is already set. I have become rather impressed with my dog's quick response to my out command but I'm just a "backyard schutzhund" pretender as I have mentioned before.

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The dog and boy are they thrilled when they do. I tell them you win you win and they trot away with their win with their heads held high.

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She plays Frisbee and continues to play Frisbee, it flies above her head in your hand, that fact that she pulls it out of your hand couple of times doesn't make it a tug object. Choose some rope, or other toy, which she can really pull. You must have a very good disk if she hasn't managed to rip it into bits.

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I never think about winning or anything like that. Its just what I use to teach some things. There's a beginning and an end. I don't think it matters at that point, who has the tug.

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