this is one game you do not want to introduce or even enforce....it also teaches them to become very aggressive in playing....it also teaches them how to lock jaws onto items and not let go...too forceful of a game for this picticular breed, and not highly recommended........and it's not a pretty site when prying their jaws open with a broom stick........i actually witness that at dog training classes, on what and what not games to do with a Pit Bull...........
man i do this with my pits and they love it!! there is no such thing as lock jaw either. but i will say it again and agian i've put a lot of training into my dogs and when they have a grip on something and i say let go they do!!!samething with a spring pole, its fun and good exercise for the breed. tug or war is fun for MY pitbulls, but i only use towels or old blakets,never a stick or broom it looks like you might hit your dog and its intamediting to the dog.but these our my thoughts on this subject.
I think tug-of-war is not a great game to play with most dogs. It just encourages any agressive tendancies they may have. There are plenty of other fun games. I think it's a particulary bad idea with Pit Bulls.
leanda i was taking about the braided ropes.....omg never a stick...i was relating to when they do lock their jaws the have to use a stick to pry their jaws open....there most definitely such a thing called lock jaw....especially in pit bulls...once they chomp down they can lock their jaws to the point where they can't unlock them.....it's true and it's sad to say, but that's what happens when their in a fighting mode.........i love my dog to much to rough house him or rough play him, my Bogie is the most mellow pit/lab pup, who's very gentle, even with his toys.......the only tug of war he gets to play is when i'm taking him for a walk ...he likes to carry the leash in his mouth, and thinks he's taking me for a walk instead
LOL he socializes with people more then i do, out in public...i'm the one thats cautious...him he loves everyone....and when he's at the park with the kids, forget the sand box you can't get him out of it, oh yeah! he loves the merry go-round...has long has ralphie doesn't spin it lol
as a response to this subjust any breed can hold his jaw shut . pit bulls have a such a bad rap .tug of war games are good for them but you have to teach them when to stop and let go .i did with mine and she was a very friendly dog with people and other animals sadly we lost her to cancer and sent her to rainbow bridge born 6-15-94----4-08-03 she wassuch a good girl .
I have a spring pole in my kennels. Its a Pole that's about 10 ft high burried in the ground with a elastic lead rope atached to it with a inner tube tied to that. The dogs love to yank on that. I keep it at about 6 feet for my male and he will jump and just hang there and swing.
It's a myth that pit bulls can lock their jaws. There is no breed that can lock their jaws. It's only the dog being tenacious that allows the dog to keep it's jaws closed. This is why there is a need for a breaking stick.Pound for pound they are one of the strongest breed. As far as locking jaw they don't have any special genetics that allow the dogs jaw to lock.Please don't spread rumors like that.Please learn your info. Go to any pit bull web site or read any good book and they will tell you the locking jaws is a myth.
"i was relating to when they do lock their jaws the have to use a stick to pry their jaws open....there most definitely such a thing called lock jaw....especially in pit bulls...once they chomp down they can lock their jaws to the point where they can't unlock them.....it's true and it's sad to say, but that's what happens when their in a fighting mode........." Their is no such thing as lock jaw.... that is a big myth. If pitbulls had the ability to lock their jaw they would have to be classified as a different species, not canines. They do have more powerful jaws and exert more pressure per square inch that other breeds but no, they can't lock their jaws.
I use to have a sweet pit bull about 10 years ago and she Loved to play tug o war. Although her idea of playing tug of war with the kids was to shit her fat booty on the ground and hold onto the object while the kids did more pulling than she did!LOL. I love this breed. My first pit was my favorite. She was not aggressive and showed no signs of it. Other pit bull owners said I ruined her because she acted more like a lap dog than the breed she was. But I didn't care she was my baby. She was spoiled rotten and she could babysit anyones child. My oldest daughter use to crawl on the floor with her and pull her ears and tail. This dog just laid there and let her. She would never growl or try to nip, she was just a lazy easy going dog. What a sweet girl she was. I really do miss her. Wish I could get another one like her, but today it is so hard to find one that has had the Fighting instinct bred out of them. She never showed any signs of this instint and she was full blooded. The lady that bred her dogs just never sent in the registration papers so she never got registered.
Hido33 all pit bulls have a hard wired gene for fighting just some more then others. Also if you see an aggressive pit bull it doesn't mean it's a game pit bull. Never confuse aggression with gameness, they are not the same.Also never confuse animal aggression with human aggression,they are not the same.It's said by old time dog fighters the more game the pit bull is the sweeter it is. You could never have a man biter in the pit and have it be handled with wounds after the fight.Indiscriminate breeding has hurt this breed. Breeding the meanest most human aggressive and dog aggressive dogs together .To create the meanest dog.It pisses me off.
Hido my dog is the same, i raised akita's all my life i had one that was fawn color that resemble a white shepard she was 125 lbs named Nikita and the other was an akita bear Brindle he was like a big teddy bear and he was massive in size 145 lbs, big head and neck and his name was Nagi, both were good nature, never barkers, they are they type of dog they will let the intruder in the house, but guarantee once they got in their never leaving, these dogs aren't barkers they don't alert outsiders they let you in, try to get out lol, it happen with me way back when yankeegas had the ole system meters in the cellar. since my babies died and gone to heaven i somehow ended up with my niece's dog/pit, she had a baby and everyone panic, i didn't have the heart to send him to a pound, they tried finding her a home, but no success reason he's a pitbull, so i took him in. what a wonderful dog. my akita's were big so i had to get on the floor to snuggle them, this dog/pit was a couch potato and a lapdog, i loved my akita's but since i was introduced to ozzy/pit my opinions are pits need love just has much has these other dogs, all the need is a chance
Although this is just a discussion forum, I do believe that people need to be informed of what is a myth and what isn't, and lock jaw is something that is definately a myth! I congratulate everyone on their positive responses to pit bulls having lock jaw, that is a very mis-conceived topic and once again a major stereo type against pit bulls. Leanda, my dogs love playing tug of war too and I agree with you that it is a very healthy sport for them. My dogs actually get tired and give up before my husband does!
Most dog behaviorists now adays, as well as many vets, will strongly advise against tug of war, or any rough games (like wrestling etc). Dogs learn VERY quickly, and if they EVER win at tug of war, you have set up an inequality in the pack, and you risk having challenge issues emerge. Also, some dogs just have more instinct (notice I say instinct) toward aggression, among them pit bulls, who I agree do get a bad rap. I'm speaking in generalities of course..there are some very sweet pits out there, to be sure! However, it's a sad fact that pit bulls (among other breeds) have been bred indiscriminately, and it has affected the temperament of the line, although there are good, reputable pit breeders out there...you just need to shop around. The fact of the matter is though, that the canine jaw is fashioned to hold prey and they have some very strong jaws, especially pits, mastiffs and pressa canarios. Why set them up in a position where they learn a behavior that could get them in trouble later? when I teach folks about animal behavior, I use the example of a child. You don't let a child play with daddy's gun when it's unloaded, otherwise he might play with it when it's loaded, right? Likewise, if you never fashion any aggressive type behavior, you don't run the risk of it being manifested in a negative way later, and perhaps having a bad outcome which could have been prevented.
I agree onehappygirl. I have worked with 2 behavioral trainers who have both stressed that tug-of-war is really not the best doggie game. (and if you DO insist on playing it, you must ALWAYS end up with the rope in YOUR hand). I think if you have a very shy dog, or one that needs to be "pulled out of his shell" a bit, then it would be o.k. But for any dog that has any agressivness at all, it encourages it. They said that tug of war between to dogs is fine, it just should not involve a human. I know MANY of you disagree....I guess whatever works for your dog.