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July 1, 2013
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Pawwfect Pet Portraits

The Perfect Birthday Present
A Pawwfect Pet Portrait

Crystal Fagerness is a very impressive artist. She recently painted a portrait of one of our dogs, Raine. That portrait can be seen in this slide show along with several other works of art by Crystal Fagerness. The portraits in this slide show are both pastel pencil drawings and acrylic paintings. If you would like a portrait of your dog check out or on facebook.

July 1, 2013   |   3 Minutes, 53 Seconds

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Question: My 3.5 month old pup and I have been playing tug but he wants to lay down as we play, is this a problem and if so what should I do?

Hi Cindy,

I have many of your videos including "playing tug." My 3 1/2 month pup and I are playing tug. This has went along pretty good at first, but now he wants to lay down as we play. To counter this I move the tug toward him and up as to not push the tug back into his mouth. The forward pressure gets him back on his feet, but when I start pulling away from him he will lay back down and try to hold onto the tug. Is this a problem at this stage and if so what should I do.

Thank you

Cindy's Response:

I might suggest either taking a break from tug play for now (he may be starting the teething process) or getting a second person and using the techniques shown in the puppy bite work video you have.  Have a second person hold him back on a harness and leash and you work the tug, when he bites they run him around in a very small circle and back to you.  Keep him moving.

It may be just a phase though, so it certainly wouldn't hurt to just take a break from tugging now until he's through the entire teething process (usually around 5.5-6 months of age). 

I hope this helps. 
Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Playing Tug.

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