This is my first post and the reason (when I stumbled on to this site) I joined to start out with. I am on my third working shepherd and finally decided train the dog for what he was bred for. I have a great trainer (www.kreativekennels.com
) and have been working personal protection and schutzhund with Chunk (1 yr old)for about four months. I started a little late with him but he has finally gotten the idea and no longer depends on me but works with me. I have raised him from day one, I own his mother (Crazy prey/work drive) and he and I have a special link. Until this point I hadn't understood what a strong bond could develope when you whelp a litter. My choice for him as a pup was as much his as it was mine. I wasn't sure whether the dog that I chose would actually be good for work, he has such a laid back attitude and even tempered personality but the breeding was there an I had high hopes.
Kreative Kennel owner Greg Osmundson has done a masterful job in bringing out Chunk's drive and he is really ready to do the type of work I had envisioned for him. I only have one problem with Chunk now and that is ever since he really began to get "it" he has begun to mouth my wife and I. Occasionally he uses a little pressure in his bite and it quite painful. He is always told not and occasionally corrected when the pressure is on.
I really don't want to do anything that will stop his protection progress but I need curtail his actions at home... I read somewhere on this forum that I should shove a bite toy into his mouth to redirect him but I don't want him to feel rewarded for doing something that is wrong. Has anyone had this problem with a young dog they were training with and how did you stop it?
Any input is more than welcome, I am really looking forward to participating on this forum. Thanks....