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    Hi again

    One more thing. The Teacher said that you should not play tug of war with your dog as it encourages the 'prey' instinct. What do you think of this, I always played tug of war with Holly and, at the time, was told that I should always win do be the 'dominant' one, but was never told not to do it at all. So many of the toys in the shops are tug of war toys, in fact I'm at a bit of a loss as to what else you can do to play with a dog inside. Outside, obviously you can play with balls, fetch etc but what can you do inside? I sound completely clueless don't I

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    sigh.

    Tug of war is great fun, great exercise and a vital tool in your dog learning to understand who is in charge IMO

    I use it with pups and young rescues to teach them how to use their mouths too

    The key is to make sure that you always win - at least in the first few months of doing it. I remember I used to let cappy win then I would chase him - great game!! but if I stopped and called him, he would turn around and bring the thing to me - he was well trained

    if you don't want to train your dog, don't teach tug of war, however, it is a great training tool

    I can't imagine how it would encourage prey drive - it might teach a dog how to use it properly...

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    mmm..I can't see how it would encourage prey drive either...

    And I let my dogs win ( well I dont have a hope of winning really ) but if I say stop and give they do. None of my dogs have had any adverse reaction to playing tug.

    As Occy said , it can be a great tool
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    My kids always play tug o war with Candy..sometimes they win...sometimes she wins. We have one word we use for Candy to let her know when to stop....and that word is 'ENOUGH'.

    She is also a lugger..it's in her breed..she'll twist her head and yank at whatever she's pulling (she loves rope and towels!!)..but she also knows it's just a game and she doesn't walk into the bathroom and pinch our towels or pull the clothes off the line or anything like that.

    I also tie a 3 litre milk carton on the clothesline with rope...she'll play with that untill she gets it off!

    I don't think it teaches prey drive...she's certainly not going to do to my kids what she's ment to do with bush pigs.

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    Thanks guys

    Jenna so loves playing tug of war so I'm glad you don't think it's a bad idea. She's pretty good, on the few occasions she does win the first thing she does is bring the toy straight back to me to go again. I do make sure I win the majority of the time though.

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