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by Louise M. Penery on 01 April 2008 - 17:54
This is one of many reasons that I dislike any use of the whip in bitework training. There is no need to "load" a really good dog during training.
Technically, a dog is supposed to be non-reactive/impartial to gunfire. Unfortunately, many dogs who have been around training fields where the whip is used (even with other dogs) will almost always show some sort of subtle changes in body carriage, raising of the tail, etc. IMO, a dog that merely barks without lunging is much less reactive than the dog that raises its hackles while barking.
In the show ring where there is gunfire, a normally non-reactive dog may bark because he hears other dogs barking in the ring. Of course, this is also the reason that I dislike training youngsters in "puppy groups".