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Mouth grip Exercises

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by mellosup, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. shOo

    shOo Pup

    I don't know if it will be helpful. I posted a similar thread here some time ago. And got some very useful advice.
    I have a dog that isn't very interested in toys and doesn't have a good grip. I wanted to change that, and I am on a long way to doing it. I believe that she won't have the grip to hold on the toy for hours, but now it's better than when we started.
    I also live in an apartment building, so after our walks, we started playing some tug of war- just before I'd give her food. The sessions were extremely short- so she wouldn't loose interest. About 30-60 sec. at first. After about a week, she started understanding that her food comes only after some tugging. Than I began lifting her in the air while playing the TOW. If she releases, we start over- and at first she had to hold on in the air for at least 5 sec.. A couple months of playing daily like that- she started enjoying it.
    Now - I don't even have to hold the toy in my hands (before, if it's not in my hands, she wouldn't even look at the toy). So it's a long process, and we still have a long way to go to increase her prey drive and the grip.
    A short video of how she plays now (to me, it really looks that she's happy hanging there):
     
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  2. oldguy

    oldguy Top Dog

    No disrespect intended to you or your dog, but with so many cars passing in background, I wondered if you haven't already been arrested, could you say which town your in because I'm moving there tomorrow :)
     
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  3. c_note

    c_note CH Dog

    Exactly!! Maybe some of those dogs made it to England and were bred into the native dogs. That could explain why Tudor had some of the bigger, more destructive dogs back in the day. I also made notice, when I started my real research as a teen, Tudor’s dogs were darker colored or brindle. The same as some pictures of old wardogs and guard dog breeds.
     
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  4. c_note

    c_note CH Dog

    Very brave for doing that in public! It’s not illegal, but it is perceived to be a technique to train a fighting dog. I live next door to a school. You wouldn’t believe how many AC calls I’ve gotten just from nosy, “concerned”, ppl. “Dogs too thin,” “dog didn’t have a dog house,” “dog didn’t have water.” The only thing they ever get me on is city license.... I wouldn’t dare tug or flirt during the week at my house. To do chain drags, I carry the chains to my spot by hand, then walk the dog there 15-20 minutes later after a 1-2 mile walk. Can’t be too safe these days, even with regular exercise!! Good luck! Get your story straight and stick to it lol!!!
     
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  5. shOo

    shOo Pup

    Haha, thanks for your concerns c_note and oldguy. I don't think that we have such strict laws on public behavior in Eastern Europe. I live in Lithuania, where the apbt ownership is illegal, but we have sporting dog shows and if I get asked a question, I usually just say that I'm preparing for the competition. As for dragging the chain- I do the same, I carry it on my own to our training sport (it isn't as public as in spring pole video) and we walk around there.
     
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  6. oldguy

    oldguy Top Dog

    Lithuania sounds good to me man! :)
     

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