I keep reading in books that you should NEVER under no circumstances EVER let you dog or puppy tough his teeth on human skin. My boyfriend rough plays with our puppy (but hes careful), and they kinda have a little growling match. She's wagging her tail. If she nips him hard he either yelps out to let her know, or says "no" and ignores her for a while. She's learned to be gentle with people now. But then i heard german sheperd's were known for biting. should i make a no teeth rule and even rule out tug-a-war like some dog trainers say?? is it that extreme?
ask ur vet and ask a trainer near you about the breed you have and also, as it's said so much around here, personality says alot too. another thing...seems like ur boyfriend is already showing her that you two are the dominate ones, that you guys are in controll, not her, which is a very good thing. but like i said ask ur vet and nearby trainer. hope it helps! :)
i don't allow teeth on us at all, and we don't play tug of war, either. i have pretty mellow dogs, but if they are allowed to put teeth on sometimes i think it's too hard for them to learn how hard is too hard. and, they could slip and chomp on someone other than your boyfriend, maybe a child. i think this is the best way. so, i just play safe and don't allow it at all.
I personally think that the no-teeth, no tug rule depends on the dog. Ive never enforced it with any of my dogs. But some dogs are constantly challenging their owners for the role of alpha in the house. A simple thing like winning a tug of war game in those dogs can be misintrepeted by them as a win that makes them the dominant animal. There is a very simple thing you can tell your significant other to do (and you can do yourself), and that's either during, or as play time is ending, gently roll your dog over to her side or back. Make it more like a game, instead of forced. Sometimes you can use the toy itself to persuade them to lay down. You want her to expose her belly to you, in dogs this is an instinctively submissive position. WHen you get her to roll over, give her lots of praise and a good rub on her belly and neck. If you haven't already done so, start puppy/obedience classes with her. Make her sit before you take her out, or feed her, or pet her. All of these things reinforce you as the alpha in the house simply. And don't let her sleep on the bed. ;)
We have 4 small children. The no teeth rule is used as a precaution in my house. Little friends come by and suddenly I could be sued over nothing. It does happen. So, no tugging games and anytime the dogs teeth touch skin they are corrected. It is just for the love of my pets and family that this rule is in place. Before I had kids I played very and tumble with my dogs. Use your own judgement.