Toy exchange I don't care for... to me you're not teaching the dog that he must out when you command it. I like to fight hard with the dogs, then go neutral and give it a second to process, command "out", and if they don't I just "nah nah nah... " and I'm pretty boring until you do out, then I explode back into a big fight.. rinse and repeat. For every out where I take the dog away from the helper or sleeve, or end the game, there are 3 outs where they get it back proportional to how fast the out was... i.e., at stupid fast & clean out gets an immediate regrip and big fun party fight... a chewy slow out, means I stand there for a few seconds and then regrip.
I do not have out problems with my dogs so I'm doing something right.
Also, don't be scared of your dog biting you. If you feel he might, then at some point he probably will, and regardless of the circumstances you need to be prepared to deal with that. If I get bit (not from a miss target, but a bite truly intended for me when I am handling the dog) I "bite back" harder.
Hunter, USA trial helper, Charleston Working Dog Club Training Helper
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