Tug of war can be one of the most enjoyable games you can play with your pup. Most dogs like to shake things in their mouths and use their teeth to play tug. Many dog trainers feel that playing tug helps to keep your pup both physically and mentally stimulated. It can also help reduce the amount of negative behavior you have to deal with.
The good news is that most dogs seem to instinctively know how to play tug, and it won't take much in the way of training to get your pup playing a rousing round of tug with you. But there are those dogs who will need more than just a little training to learn to play the game the right way.
This is one of the best games to teach your pup, and typically involves using a length of rope with knots tied in it, or any one of dozens of special tug toys you can buy in any pet store. Tug also lets your dog get in plenty of good healthy exercise. It makes your dog think about what he is doing and work at it rather than just letting excitement overrule the game. As with most new tricks you want to teach your dog, he should have already mastered the four basic commands, 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'.
Keep in mind that if your dog tends to be a bit on the "mouthy" side, you can always use a longer tug toy until your pup masters this particular skill. This might help you to avoid being accidentally nipped while you are playing. Try to make sure that any tug toy you choose is nice and soft, making it easier for your dog to wrap his mouth around and hang on to.
You can teach almost any age dog to play tug-of-rope, but you should wait until your pup is around 1 year old so that his teeth are set in his gums and his bones have had time to become strong. Of course, there are a few things you might find come in handy during the training process, including:
Beyond these items, the only other things you need are plenty of time and patience. It will also help if you have a nice quiet place to work. Remember, you are trying to train your dog to play a new game, be patient. If your dog is like most, he will pick this one up quite quickly and before long he will be bringing you a tug toy and begging you to play with him.
Hello, how do I keep my dog quiet while we are in my room alone with toys but everyone is in living room?
Hello Maurilio, Are you in the room with her and she is barking while playing? Or is she barking because you are with everyone else and she is in the room by herself? I suggest crate training her either way. She will bark a lot at first no matter what you do, but she should learn within a week or so to relax in the crate. If she is being loud while you are in the room with her, then you can put her into her crate with a fun, food stuffed hollow Kong chew-toy, to give her something quiet to do, and to help her calm down and rest. A lot of puppies her age will get really excited and wild when they start to get tired, and they actually need some time to rest and calm down. A crate with a class Kong toy or other hollow, safe, chew-toy stuffed with her food and a bit of peanut butter or liver paste, is a good way for her to calm down. Also, work on rewarding her quietness. When she barks, very softly tell her "Quiet" and put your finger on your lips and get close to her. When she gets quiet for a second to figure out what you are doing, then reward her with a treat. This will take a lot of repetition before she understands the word, but the more you reward her quietness, the better she should get at obeying that command and calming herself down when you use it. It's important for you to be very soft and calm when you do this, or it will not work. When you catch her randomly laying down being calm, you can also put a piece of her food between her paws so encourage her to do that on her own more often. She will probably jump up the first few times, excited about the treat, but should soon start laying down quietly on her own more, in hopes of a treat. Also, during play, try giving her something to hold in her mouth, so that she is less likely to bark while you are playing with her on the floor. If she is barking to get to the rest of the family or because she is alone without you, then crate train her, give her a food stuffed chew toy with peanut butter or liver paste smeared around the rim and mixed into the food a bit, and whenever she gets quiet for even a couple of seconds, return to her and drop treats into the crate to encourage quietness. Do not let her out of the crate until she is quiet for at least a couple of seconds. It typically takes a couple weeks of consistency doing these things for a puppy to stop crying in her crate or room. The crate when she is by herself will feel safer than being in an open room by herself though, so she will be more likely to relax in there than when she is just left in the room out of the crate, and it will keep her from getting hurt if no one is there watch her chewing on things. Check out the article below for how to get her used to the crate. You can do one or more methods from that article. I suggest focusing on the "Surprise" method for her the most though, if she likes food. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
He barks when we are alone in the room because people are in kitchen eating and talking and he wants to go with them, but i can't have them around parents while they eat so he needs to understand he has to stay with me. Maybe he misses my sister but i need him to calm down in this situation because it gets me frustrated as well.
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I'm trying to train my dog to open a door by pulling a rope but she refused to take any rope I give her I even used peanut butter but she only likes it off and never bites it. What do I do?
Hello! The steps to teach a dog to pull a rope are pretty involved. So I am going to send you a link, and hopefully there is some information you can use that you haven't tried already. https://wagwalking.com/training/pull-a-rope
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