Bad Dog Behavior

Dog Behavior And Playing Rough With Your Dog

When is too much rough play, too much

When is too much rough play, too much

There is much disagreement out there as to whether playing rough, or roughhousing with dogs is good or, not so good.  If you were to consider roughhousing with your dog, I would say that to ensure good dog behavior,  there should be some very definite rules to the game.

Let’s have a look at rules that make sense:

  • Dogs should never initiate the game – only humans do.
  • The game starts and stops on a command word(s).
  • Rough mouthing or not stopping on command causes the game to end immediately.
  • Keep a check on the pressure of any mouthing, as you immediately will end the game for any mouthing.

Other than your pleasure and your dog’s pleasure, are there any other benefits to playing rough with your dog?  Let’s take a look at some:

  • Roughly handling your dog during roughplay could desensitize your dog to being handled all over in situations such as a veterinary visit or if you need to grab them to keep them out of harm.
  • It is a good release of energy
  • It teaches your dog bite inhibition if done correctly, by saying “OUCH!” and ending the game immediately.

Ultimately, this is a personal choice that should include strict rule adherence so there is no misunderstanding in the dog’s mind as to what those rules are.

Jim Burwell

7 replies
  1. leila_admin
    leila_admin says:

    Alyson: interrupt the rough play sooner. If you let her get too wound up you have no relevance in the situation because she’s too excited and wound up

  2. Alyson
    Alyson says:

    My dog likes rough play but she doesnt know how to stop at times. Her comand word is calm, but sometimes it seems like she’s too much into playing to stop. Any advice?

  3. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    There are many things you can do besides rough housing. Good structured walks are always a top priority. Make training fun for both of you. With basic obedience commands
    you can take those and teach your dog tricks. It’s not difficult at all and can make for a great realtionship with your puppy.

  4. Destiney
    Destiney says:

    what other games or methods could i use??? i play fetch with her but when i start that game she never wants to stop litterally even if her breathing is totally outta control

  5. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    If your dog becomes fearful or starts to play too rough I would suggest NOT initiating rough
    play with your dog as you are setting her up to fail. Choose another method of playing with
    your dog.

  6. Destiney
    Destiney says:

    i intiatate rough play with my dog and she seems more scared at times to be rough then to actually play while other times she bites a lil to hard…Could it be her breed???

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