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How rough do you play?

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by RichJack, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Wondering how rough do you play with your pup?
    We've taught ours not to bite hands....she will grab my hand with her teeth but not squeeze at all (which is good) but sometimes she wont open her jaws wide enough so my hand will brush her tooth here and there. And yeah sometimes it hurts but she is still not biting. She will however try bite clothing if wearing long sleeves during this type of play.
    I don't mind the scratch or the odd tooth dragged on my arm....but my wife is not happy about the bruises she gets when she tries to play the same way.
    Some people teach their pups not to scratch, not to put their teeth on skin at all....what do you people consider the limit?

    Also, during play she likes to run into me...(but only during play)...she pretends she's a little bulldozer so runs into me when we play fight....anyone else's do that?
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  2. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs GR CH ACE Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    I play rough with both of my dogs sometimes, they are naturally a rough breed, having said that, i worked with both of them as pups on the mouthing and biting, you are going to deal with it no matter what when they are pups but just keep working with them, a loud sharp no usually does the trick here.

    As for the headbutting and ramming, welcome to the bull breed world...
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  3. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    She does know when she grabs my hand too hard....usually slows right down and looks at me with those "I am so sorry puppy eyes" before releasing...just to make sure that I am not saying "ouch" or "no". When she does bit too hard, saying "ouch" and ignoring her for x amount of time worked wonders. And she tries to avoid that. However....the rougher the play gets...she can get carried away and not realize. Or maybe she's just testing my (her) limits.
    I agree that mouthing or biting here and there will be part of the play...but I have seen some people play with their dogs calling it "rough"...yet there was barely any physical "roughness" between them.
    Anyways, would be nice to hear some opinions from those who have had pitbulls before or good experience with them to see what is the better (or correct) approach to this....
    a) limited, controlled biting
    b) no biting at all

    I always tell my wife when she complains of rougher play...."we got a pitbull...not a poodle, yeah?"
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I agree with you and I don't. I think your wife should teach the pup what her expectations are. The puppy should learn that it ,as not be able to be as roug with her as it is with you. I say that because we recently got a 1 1/2 yr old male who was completely untrained. When it plays it thinks we are a dog and body slams us and plays really hard. We have been working with him. I weigh about twice as much as he does. He has to learn that he can play rougher with my husband.
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  5. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs GR CH ACE Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    Based on experience it's a combination of both, especially at that age.

    Train the dog how you want it trained, me personally, i don't mind the mouthing, both of my dogs know the limit because they was trained to. Also a lot of the things dogs need to learn happens when they are very young with their siblings and mother.

    Always train the dog in front of you and if you wife thinks it's to much then she to needs to either work with the dog herself or you need to train the dog and teach your wife. To keep things at peace, i would probably just train the dog to not bite period. The best way i have found to train is having verbal commands and hand gesture commands when things get rough, that way the dog knows when to back off, then your wife can use those simple commands when needed and you can still play how you want with the dog ;)

    That is one thing she will have to accept at some point, they are naturally rough and powerful dogs, they love it, they was bred for that kind of thing so it's natural for them and they are good at it lol.

    Hell i have fights with my male every morning, never in my life have i had to fight with a dog over putting socks on my feet and he is so damn strong it's hard to get them both on in a timely manner lol.
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  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    OMG my husband has the hardest time putting on his socks and shoes!
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  7. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Hahaha.....and I thought the socks thing was just me. So funny.

    Thanks for the replies.
    Makes total sense. I am fully comfortable with the dog playing rough with me....my wife is just gonna have to accept it or play tug with a toy instead her arms/body. The pup knows the command to "relax" when things start to escalate......I calm her right down and we would go through a list of various commands like sit, lay down, bark, etc...before continuing to play in a less "aggressive" manner. ....and repeat. My wife just gets to that point a lot quicker and uses it more often when playing with her than me. So...less play time with mommy...more for me.
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  8. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Yeah, pretty much the same. He can play as rough as he wants with any tug toy. We have a 4 year old grand son and a little girl that lives upstairs so he had to learn no bitting at all. Once they get past the first few months they start to pick it up quick. We keep up with short training sessions daily and everyone knows the. Limits and stays pretty happy.

    Diddo with the socks and shoes. It's funny and a pain all at the same time.
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  9. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    I do allow my dogs to play bite w/me. I want them to learn bite inhibition, and also to stop as soon as I ask. I want my dogs to want to play w/me.

    As to crashing into you, that can happen both accidentally and intentionally. I used to have one that would smash right into my shins now and then when I recalled her from a distance. She thought it was hysterical.
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  10. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    LOL@ the socks! Sally does the same thing. She will pull my socks and run off with my shoes. She thinks she's pretty funny.
    I also have holes in a lot of my clothes because of her humor :extremelyhappy:
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  11. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I think Teddy thinks he is playing with us. It is a lot of fun for him.
  12. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs GR CH ACE Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    I just had a fight with him 2 minutes ago, it's an official thing now, he watches me open the sock drawer and he knows it's time for me to "try" and get my socks on my feet..
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  13. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Yup everyday, socks then boots. As soon as I put my boot down he's up to his ears trying to get the soles out and take off with them.
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  14. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    How is he liking the tug from Stillwater?
  15. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    He likes the fire hose tugs the 2' is best for hand tug for us. Everything is tug with him, I'll make a lite spring pole soon and see how he likes that. He's quite strong and muscular now.
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  16. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    Griffin says: "every game is tug, and tug is the only game!"
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  17. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    I am so happy to not be the only person with a dog who is insanely obsessed with socks. Griffin will root through the laundry basket for them, grab as many as he can stuff into his mouth, and run gleefully through the house trailing them like streamers. If you ignore him, he will run by again, maybe jump on the bed to see if that gets a reaction. If you still ignore him, he gets all sad and dejected.

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  18. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    That sounds like a good approach- it is important to teach some kind of "quit it" command, so that visitors don't have to fight off the dog if her play style is too much for them. But, these dogs do love to play rough, it is part of their nature and we just need to step up to it somewhat, too. Putting a toy in as a buffer should help, and your pup will also eventually learn what games each person likes.

    They say consistency across the household is crucial, but I think dogs figure out what they can get away with for each person they know. Griffin is much more into tackling me, but he gives hubby a wide respectful distance since he knocked him down and got yelled at for it. On the other side, I have shoulder problems, and Griff seems to know to be much easier on me with the tug.

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  19. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I roughhouse with my dogs all the time. Squirt especially absolutely loves it. I'm also fine with them putting their mouths on my hands while we're playing because they have great bite inhibition so I don't even feel it. I think playing with them like that as puppies also helped to develop their bite inhibition because I would immediately end it if they mouthed too hard. They figured it out pretty quickly.
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  20. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    This guy is exactly right. Early on in my puppy-raising career, I remember being very uncomfortable around people that freaked out when their baby puppies so much as put mouth on skin. It just didn't seem right to me.

    Puppies explore their world and learn so much by using their mouths. I am glad to see this video. It works.
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