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Yes that is Spot Steele
Originally posted by magestica
If so, is he an American Pitbull Terrier or American Bulldog? I do have some advice for hand/mouth contact with these breeds in specific. Also, I have advice for you for the "everyone" who tells you something negative about the breed.
This will be a double post, by accident probably.
[Edited on 5/7/04 by magestica]
Originally posted by spot73
A lot have people have been telling me I should not be playing“Tug-O-War" with Spot.
Question: Is it bad for a dog's teeth when you play tug-of-war?
Answer: Yes and no. I think most dogs enjoy this game because it resembles the process of catching prey in the wild. Although dogs are very domesticated, they still have an innate sense of hunting as a means of survival. Tugging on a rope feels to them very much like catching a squirrel or a rat. This is especially true for terriers, who are sometimes referred to as ratters; I have a patient who gets paid to visit a barn on weekends and eliminate any rats that may be in residence.
As far as the safety of your pet's teeth and gums, I must caution that your end of the rope should never be strong enough to yank out a tooth. I've seen pet owners displaying their dogs' jaw strength by hoisting them in the air while they hold tenaciously to a rope by their teeth. This is an accident waiting to happen. Important teeth can loosen, joints can separate, jaw bones can fracture and other body parts can be injured if he or she decides to let go in midair.
Trina Grubuagh, a professional obedience instructor and behaviorist in Kansas City, Kansas, says: "Tug-of-war is by nature a game of challenge in which the dog/puppy is put in the position of competing against his owner, who the dog/puppy knows as the 'pack leader.' This could result in your dog displaying dominant behavior, as well as conditioning the bad habit of challenging the owner, which could become an issue in other situations.