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Old 01-04-2018, 08:25 PM
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Dogs growl for all sorts of reasons...some of them concerning some of them not. Mine growls when he's happy to see me...it's really cute.
If you know your dog, and feel you can tell the difference, trust your instincts. I had a dog that I used to wrestle with (I was a teen & didn't listen to advice) and taught her to go full on cujo with me short of causing damage so she put on an extremely realistic show (mean mean noises came out of her along with some Hollywood worthy play acting), but she could stop on a dime.

Which is where a hint comes in. If your dog is just playing, your dog can can stop. Given that when you let your dog win, your dog brings the toy right back to you, that sounds great. If you feel the game is getting out of hand, stop. There's an art to a good game of tug, try googling that. Leerburg has some good 'how to play tug with your dog' video's with demo's and explanations. The ones I like would be different as I have a reluctant tugger, while you are looking for 'rules of the game'. Above all, it's a game, and needs to be fun fun fun for all.
Thank you! I Just watched a video. It was informative. I let him win, which is what they said to do. I wasn't sure
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I actually growl back when they do, but that's because I know how each of mine sound when they play vs back off (to the other dogs) like said above as long as it's not aggressive all is good, just pay attention to the sounds and enjoy play time
I growl, too! I took me a long time to feel comfortable acting super silly with my dogs (especially in public) but it really keeps them engaged when there are a lot of distractions. Now, when I let my pup win, she runs up to me and shoves the toy in my face wanting to play again.

My Aussie is super talkative in general - the other two aren't - so I've heard all kinds of fun new new noises in the past 8 months!
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The way I look at it is who's gonna judge? My dogs, ha!
My cat constantly judges me.
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watch out with that leerburg: how to play tug video collection. You end up with 47kg of dog punching his tug into your stomach, to give it back after you threw it lol
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I taught my puppy to line up directly in front of me, and have recently been getting her to really drive towards me. I'm short, so the end result is my 41 lb Aussie nose-punching me in the crotch area multiple times a day.
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I feel bad I ruined tug of war which was the only game my dog likes to play with me. We were playing it in my apartment last night and he leaped to grab his favorite squeaky toy which I had and grabbed it but accidentally grabbed my hand too and left a red mark but didn't break the skin. I was so surprised cause usually he's gentle with people and never accidentally or deliberately bites that I stopped playing and said ow you bit me!!! He dropped the toy and started licking the mark on my hand and then ran in his crate to hide. I let him stay in there for a little bit then called him out.
After that last night and today he'll bring the toy and chew it to make it squeak and take it if I hand it to him but drops it and won't play tug at all.
I didn't hit him or scream at him or anything severe, just said ow and no biting. I want him to enjoy playing with me but I also want him to not bite my hand instead of the toy that was too rough. He's three and old enough to know bite inhibition. Usually he's very gentle with taking treats.
He's so sensitive!!!
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