Dog Engages Play - What to Do? - Robert Cabral Dog Training Video

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Dog Engages Play – What to Do? – Robert Cabral Dog Training Video

If your dog tries to engage play with you, what do you do? Do you play, ignore or yell at your dog?

I discuss the challenges in this video.

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4 Thoughts to “Dog Engages Play – What to Do? – Robert Cabral Dog Training Video”

  1. mokuskacska

    Lucky for us, our 2 Mals never actually bite us when they want to play. The older one (4.5 years) does her “crazy dance” – jumping around with a toy in her mouth, and our part in the game is that we’re supposed to chase her (she’s fast, so she sometimes has to wait for us bipeds to reach her). The younger Mal (1.5) does actually grab us by the hand, but very gently. She then leads us to where she wants to play – in her case belly rubs is the name of the game 🙂 .

  2. Tesla Nick

    Love pushy dogs. I love that my dogs have the confidence to come and ask me for things so I reward it and never crush it. Instead, I moderate it so that it doesn’t become obnoxious and use it as a teaching opportuity to train my dogs to ask in a “cute”, polite way (one does a chin rest, the other puts his paw on me). Due to the random nature of the reward (it only pays off on the odd occasion and never when I’m working or don’t want to be interrupted), the behaviours become very “sticky”, very quickly. My dogs just settle whenever I’m at my desk, on the computer, cooking etc. Something that’s really helped me reduce/eliminates the need for a stern “knock it off” is to incorperate clear beggining and end cues during all play sessions. Something simple like “play time !” to iniate play and “that’s it” or “enough” to signal play has ended. By doing this, if corrections are needed, you’re reinforcing the “enough” cue rather than punishing the dog for asking in the first place. It all depends on what you, the owner wants – I like my dogs to be pushy but able to accept a refusal without a fuss.

    I think another element is that I have a very predictable daily routine where the dogs get play time. Dogs understand windows of opportunity really easily and providing that window on a reliable, predictable schedule balances the dog’s desire to seek it outside of that window. They can be as pushy as they like within that window – it’s their time to be dogs and they have every right to expect their needs to be fullfilled by me. I’ve made that commitment to them and expect them to insist I meet that commitment. I have that expectation of them afterall.

  3. B Hitchcock

    I have large breed dogs, had them since they were all puppies. When the mouthing/biting started, I bit them back. It worked very well, however I do not recommend it for everyone. Only in specific situations. You HAVE to be able to read your dogs body language first.

  4. Fabiano Pina

    Could you show us how you grab the dog to knock it off?

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