Dog training rules of tug - drop

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Learn how to teach your dog to drop items. This is one of the important concepts to safely play tug with your dog.
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Teach your dog to have a soft mouth

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Use meal times to teach your puppy to have a soft mouth. Easy and fun!

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Puppy biting and kids

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How to handle biting puppies and kids. What can you do to keep everyone safe? What is acceptable behavior? 

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How to stop your puppy biting your feet

This is a common issue with new puppies that can cause quite a bit of frustration and pain. Here is the scenario: the puppy often starts out being playful, but then gets worked up and starts nipping feet, pants, long skirts or anything within reach of his razor-sharp puppy teeth.

One client dealt with this every morning while she got ready for work.

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Dog afraid of petting? Hand shyness exercise.

One of the more frequent issues with shy dogs is to be afraid of getting petted by strangers. When dogs are getting petted the person is close to them, they are looking at them, they are looming over them and then they touch them. These are all potential triggers for anxiety or aggression. If your dog is shy, you should help her get comfortable with people to avoid escalation of anxiety which could potentially lead to aggression.

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Rules of playing tug with your dog

There are a lot of misconceptions about playing tug with your dog. In my experience, (and lots of other trainers I respect) as long as you teach your dog some ground rules, tug is a great way to condition your dog to have a soft mouth as well as providing your dog exercise.

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