My boyfriend kind of has a morning ritual with Tucker where he tries to 'clamp' Tucker (GENTLY grab his snout in his hand). Tuck loves this game- just the mention of 'clamp!' and he perks up, nub wags, etc- he jumps around the bed, howls and barks (never growls) - it is actually the only time he is very vocal during the day. Of course to prevent him from getting his hand around his snout - Tuck keeps his mouth open (his alligator impression) and therefore it turns into a mouthy game. After the play Tucker snuggles up to him and gets love. He never bites and he's NEVER mouthy any other time but I am wondering if games like this are a definite no-no or if it is ok when the behavior is only started and ended by my bf? Don't want to be the one to ruin their fun but wanted to hear your opinion.
Tucker is not an aggressive or very dominant dog. He is acutally really gentle - doesn't even destuff his squeaky plush toys and is a huge snuggle bug.