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    So I used to play tug with Lacey when she was itty bitty, but recently she started to pull really hard, almost pulling me over sometimes so I would just let go whenever she started to pull. Now when I try and take a toy or item she has randomly picked up that she isn't allowed to have, she started growling and trying to play tug. How should I stop this? If she has something bad for her, I need to be able to get it off her ASAP. If I throw another toy for her, the dope runs over there with the thing still in her gob and trys to pick it up with it still in her mouth, she doesn't drop it.

    And also I was just feeding her and dropping ham into her food and patting her and stuff, as a request from mum to get her used to being handled while eating, even though she probably won't ever be in a situation where someone else will be touching her while she is eating. I've managed to get her to be fine with someone handling her body and was working on her head. Well I was dropping ham into her kiblle, I had my hand in front of her face and could pat her on top of her head, and she was fine, wagging her tail slowly when I was just gradually moving my hand around the side of her face when out of nowhere she barked and whipped her face to the side where my hand was, it was so fast I couldn't even tell if she snapped. As soon as I moved my hand away she was wagging again. What should I do? Seriously rattled my confidence, I could've easily been bitten like that little girl with the Lab.

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    Brittany

    Have you started playing "geddit" and "give" yet?

    You might need one of these bungee tugs to play with a Great Dane or you may have to give up on Tug games. You can get a lot more leverage if you wrap a line around a pole or tree. Or use a pully system like sailors use so they can haul the main sail in. But Bungee does make playing tug with a strong dog much easier.

    Tug Toys

    You may also want to read this thread on resource guarding.
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...ood-guard.html

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    I'm just gonna stop playing tug altogether.

    I'm starting her on the TOT program, so I will go from there. Still undecided on the 'give' technique. I need to be able to get it from her without having to give her another toy, like if its something poisonous or something and I don't have something better to give her.

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    Still undecided on the 'give' technique. I need to be able to get it from her without having to give her another toy, like if its something poisonous or something and I don't have something better to give her.
    Um the way I play it is "give" the dog gives me what she's got.
    "geddit" the dog gets what she wants (usually the toy but sometimes a treat).

    You need "give" so that the dog will let go of what ever it has in it's mouth. Ie you tell the dog to GIVE it to you. I also use "Thank you" for "drop it" so as not to confuse with "Drop" for "lie down".

    So the reason you play the game - ie geddit-give-geddit-give-geddit is so the dog learns what those commands mean and that's not the end of the world if she does give up the whatever it is. If you don't play the game - how do you plan to teach her to give to you things on command?

    It's like teaching "come" with a treat - eventually, you won't always need the treat/toy/game, just every now and again.

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    I find no problems at all with dogs 'vocalising' whilst playing tug.All mine have and still do.Its when the overall body behaviour seems to escelate that you need to watch carefully and keep and it from escelating into something more. A dog verbalises as a sign of communication the same as its body behaviour.
    Stopping this all together isnt going to stop the behaviour,it might,just for you,as it learns to become fearful of vocalising its'fun' . It could open up the door for a fearful reaction to play or to a dog who wishes to no longer to play tug at all that could then lead to a dog fearful of playing in other area. I dont feel stopping the game all together will fix this problem nor do I believe that making sure you always 'win' will fix it either.

    All this could stem from your underline 'fear/lack of confidence in these situations.

    As for the food - we leave our dogs alone to eat.Period.In this house it is 'their' time.Mo interuptions,no trying to take it,to trying to touch dog etc....dog ids just left in peace, As you say,it really did happen all very fast,it truley could of been a mixture of one to many causes reasons for the outcome you described.
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