by joanro on 18 September 2018 - 19:09
My female, grand daughter of my dog going for decoy in the tree...
Her littermate brother, lives with family up north...
by Juno on 18 September 2018 - 21:09
Having the same issues with my dog. Finding out he is not “sporty” enough and more serious. Wants to bite the decoy. So trying to make him a sports dog is confusing him. Will try some other ideas at tonight’s training to see if it works. If not, then I will be glad to keep him as a non sporty dog and train accordingly.
by joanro on 18 September 2018 - 21:09
by deacon on 19 September 2018 - 01:09
by joanro on 19 September 2018 - 01:09
Deacon, that's brother and sister from the same litter...the female is mine, is with zero protection training!
The male (in the next picture, same pose, lol) is titled in SDA 1, SDA2 and Police dog1 title. Shows that it's genetic 🤗
by Juno on 19 September 2018 - 10:09
by joanro on 19 September 2018 - 10:09
That is a lesson many trainers can not get, and end up screwing up a lot of dogs.
@ Juno, Super!!!
by Juno on 19 September 2018 - 12:09
by apple on 19 September 2018 - 12:09
I think I might have mentioned this comment to you before, maybe somewhere else. I am also training my 8 month old GSD in PSA. The main trainer is a certified PSA decoy who has run many dogs off the field during a trial. He has told me my pup has some good aggression in him, but the goal should not be to bring the dog to his maximum level aggression while trying to title in PSA because of the need for control with several decoys on the field trying to get the dog to bite them. So it is a balancing act. The dog's control and nerves will be strongly challenged. The genetics are there, so I can always go back later and build aggression if I can't go any further in PSA. In the 17 years of the sport, only 21 dogs have obtained their PSA 3 titles. With the sport dominated by Mals and Mal X's, there are some dogs whose genetics make them great police dogs with the right training, but because of their high levels of various drives, you will never get the control needed to compete at the higher levels. Foundation training is very important. So far we have taught him to stop a pulling bite and have developed a pushing bite because this is how the dog learns to fight the decoy in the suit. His grips and drive were there from the beginning, so there was no need to build drive or grips. We mainly use a hard leather wedge. He started learnimng the out for another wedge and some protection obedience while in high drive with a bite for a reward. He has been introduced to the calf bite for the escape bite and just hasn't figured that out too well yet and has had one session on the suit doing bicep bites. The only heeling has been the static heel working on focus and positioning as I turn to the left, having the dog pivot with me at heel and maintaining eye contact. Started out with the place box to introduce indirect learning, where the dog figures out to get in the box without any luring through successive approximations, or marking and rewarding the dog with food the closer he gets to the box and eventually figuring out to get in. Once that was down, the focus was calling the dog to the box and rewarding various combinations of sits and downs.
by Juno on 19 September 2018 - 13:09
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