"My dogs are full sibs one litter (8 months) apart. Both were dark red as puppies, and Casey started fading when she was about a year old. Look at them now - dogs of a different color! Their dad stayed a deep deep red and Roxie (15…"
"I am kind of leaning with Nancy on this-with a dog that has issues. I have NO research or evidence of any kind that supports one side or the other. But, in this case it is not addressing so much "naughty behavior" or "okay…"
"If the dog has issues with reliability responding to the recall or 'drop it'...THEN I think this game could be a problem. But issues with obedience are an obedience training issue. But I think most 'issues' are issues that are…"
"But don't you think that if the dog does not yet understand the difference or is a dog that already has 'issues,' it would be wise not to play this way? My dogs haven't had these problems, so it doesn't matter for them and…"
"I think that IF a dog plays keep away when he takes something he should not have and then does not come/drop it on command...THEN a GAME of keep-away done on purpose might reinforce the naughty behavior. But if/when a dog does not have this issue…"
"We had heard all of that in the beginning and did NOT practice tug, chase,etc due to the power struggle issues/dominance issues. Then...when we switched trainers..she said these things did not make a difference...soooooooooooo...we have a lot to…"
"My understanding also is NEVER to play tug-of-war with a dog because they don't understand the difference between tugging as a game and when something needs to be released. You all probably already know this."
"LOL! I can just see you now! I was thinking more in terms of Laura's Chewie because he is experiencing behavioral issues right now. When Tara was younger and having similar problems to Chewie's we did not play the chase game or the keep…"