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    it depends on how excited they get for a game of tug i mean if they arent that excited about it it is not much of a reinforcement. is there any other games / toys you can use instead to really get her excited when out and about?
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Not really. She is quite food motivated too, especially after some of the other dogs we meet try to mug me for treats, so we'll just stick to that on our walks, I think.

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    If you are going down this path as I know I will be once Murphy has got his good teeth. But no matter what never let the dog win the battle.
    If you can feel the object slipping out of your hands. You must have full control to stop your dog from tugging any more. This is the most imprtant thing to teach your dog. Then once you have regripped it then return to the tuf of war again.
    We have got Murphy to drop things for us so we can stop himat any stage.

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    But no matter what never let the dog win the battle
    why do you think that, Ridstars?

    Personally I don't have a problem with it as long as my dog doesn't indulge in victory laps with the toy when I want to do something else. She is learning that tug is more fun when you bring it back...

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    I thought the "always let the dog win" idea fits in more with the style of training that revolved around dominance? The idea being that the dog will think it is higher than you in the pecking order if you let him win.

    The trainers I've talked to or read about don't seem to think it's important. They think tug of war is about fun, not about winning. Some actually think it is good to let the dog win regularly because it boosts their confidence and makes them enjoy being around you more.

    I often just drop our toy and walk away and my dog soon drops it and loses interest. I don't see much difference with playing fetch really, only that my dog is far more likely to bring the tug of war toy back to me than the ball at the moment!
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    I consider a win in tug of war is letting the dog capture the tug after chasing it and then playing a good game with me. I like my dog to have lots of wins. But I also like to leave them wanting more I like their grip to be really solid, IMO it's really easy to train an out or give command.

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    I am only going by what I have seen or read about it and it is just about the dominace thing.
    If your dog knows that he/she can beat you they will know that they can start to be more dominate.
    This is the reason why I have stated it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rid**** View Post
    I am only going by what I have seen or read about it and it is just about the dominace thing.
    If your dog knows that he/she can beat you they will know that they can start to be more dominate.
    This is the reason why I have stated it.
    And that is where you and I think differently, I think. Which is totally fine! Each to their own and I am sure you always do whatever works best for you and Murphey.

    I don't mind if my dog beats me at games. I'm pretty sure she already knows that I totally suck at some things. Like running. I don't berlieve it makes her respect me less.

    I don't think the leader of pack in the wild is always the best at everything either. He just happens to be the best leader, but that doesn't always mean he's the fastest runner, best hunter, etc.

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    I see what you are saying and I think this is one where we both are on opposite sides of the fence.
    And it is what works for you then don't change it. I know with Murphy this is what we do and I wont be changing it either.
    This is the best part as how boring would it be if we all dont the same thing.

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    Why would a dog want to play a game they never win?

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