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    Because they just love to tug on things as it is mimicing them ripping a carcass to pieces. Well that is what I would think.

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    I play tug during training & as a game with Batty. I decide when we're playing. Sometimes I let him win (I just let go) sometimes I win (release word). If anything he likes it more.

    There is no point to playing a game with a dog that they can't win. That's just . Not meaning to anthropomorphise but you wouldn't keep playing a game like that would you?

    Make sure you have a solid release before you start using tug as a training reward. Let the dog win every so often!

    Hell, I let Batty win & he pushes the tug back at me wanting me to play again!

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    I let my dog win tug games probably 80% of the time and she doesn't have a dominant bone in her body! It builds her confidence in the game. We also do lots of releases ("give") and go straight back into the game. If she was already a nutty tugger I probably wouldn't let her win so much.

    I also take the advice I received from a top obedience trialler which is if your dog is not confident with tugging (eg. in a new place), let them win and touch their body at least 10 times before you grab the toy again (this requires some acting). My dog LOVES it! Personally I don't mind if she does a victory lap with the toy, although I know some people don't like it as it means the reward is not coming from YOU. My girl is naturally focussed on me so I don't worry.

    One suggestion to get your dog tugging in different environments is to use the tug like a flirt pole. I attached mine to my leash to start with and wriggled that around on the ground. I use a sheepskin one which she likes more than braided fleece.

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    I have heard the same thing as You Rid, Ruby doesnt play Tug but my old digs did and I never let them win for this reason too!
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    My dogs also eat before us, sleep in inconvenient places (we just step over them), go through doorways before us... I guess we are doomed

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuffles View Post
    My dogs also eat before us, sleep in inconvenient places (we just step over them), go through doorways before us... I guess we are doomed
    Ditto.

    Because they just love to tug on things as it is mimicing them ripping a carcass to pieces. Well that is what I would think.
    It can also be because it resembles actually killing a prey. I've seen my old dog kill rabbits with a few quick shakes of her head.

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    The sleep thing is one we have got to work on when we let Murphy have free roam around of the house. At the moment he is in his create each night, but with the aim to leaving the door open so he can roam throughout the night.
    But I have to be careful with this side as my back.
    If I trip over him if he is in a place that I can't see him it could work out bad for me.
    It will start happening closer to summer, as I don't want him penned in his create all night.

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    Mine have free range at night and I have never tripped over them. I guess I am always aware of where they are. As long as they move when asked I am happy

    Edit: I don't see any of this as dominance related behaviour so I guess it all depends what your stance on it is, as to how you want to train it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuffles View Post
    Mine have free range at night and I have never tripped over them. I guess I am always aware of where they are. As long as they move when asked I am happy

    Edit: I don't see any of this as dominance related behaviour so I guess it all depends what your stance on it is, as to how you want to train it.
    Mine sleeps on my bed, so I always know where she is.

    She does have a bad habit of plopping down in the middle of the kitchen when I'm cooking. But when I say "Watch out!" while I walk right towards her she will move.

    Our foster kittens are far more likely to make me trip over and hurt my back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Mine sleeps on my bed, so I always know where she is.

    She does have a bad habit of plopping down in the middle of the kitchen when I'm cooking. But when I say "Watch out!" while I walk right towards her she will move.

    Our foster kittens are far more likely to make me trip over and hurt my back!
    One of mine does the kitchen thing too. We have an "out" command which to her seems to mean "go lie on the rug in the living room and look really, really sad and hungry"...

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