The Dog of Tichu

Oh the ever loyal Dog.  Your simple function is to pass the lead to your partner.  Of course you must first have the lead.  Below are a few stratagems, many of which are rather self-evident.  After all the Dog is not that complicated of a card.

Never…

  • Pass the Dog to your partner if your hand is terrible.
  • Play the Dog if your partner has not called (Grand) Tichu and has yet to play a card.

Always…

  • Play the Dog if your partner has called Tichu.
  • Keep the Dog if your partner has called (Grand) Tichu.
  • Doggedly fight for the lead against your opponents if your partner called Grand Tichu and you have the Dog.

Consider Carefully…

  • Before you play a card and have received the Dog from your partner…for your partner may be wishing to call Tichu
  • Before you play a card and have passed the Dog to your partner…for your partner will be assuming that you will call Tichu
  • Before you pass the Dog to the opponent who called (Grand) Tichu…for your opponents may go out 1st and 2nd.
  • Before you leave the Dog as your last play…for what looks to be a “lay down hand” may be undone by a well timed bomb.
  • When you receive the Dog from an opponent…for they may be working to weaken your hand.