|08-13-2013 10:05 PM|
How many times has your dog worked with the decoy? What did the decoy/trainer say about it? What was the decoy doing when the weaker less intense bites were happening?
As for having your dog play tug with someone else, that gets iffy. For me, I'm a little anal retentive and don't like to work a young dog on inexperienced people because it can cause issues if not done right. But keep in mind that I'm also the jerk who doesnt like people playing tug with their dog until tought how to properly because again it can cause issues later. Not saying always but it can. I learned that the hard way. I had to spend a ton of time trying to fix a problem that I created. So if you want to try it, video it and I will take a look and tell you what I think (not that I'm the end all be all).
|08-13-2013 09:30 PM|
I'll try to video the next time I go. I don't go very often because my "local" club is two hours away. I'm not sure how well anything will show on video, because she still takes a solid full mouth bite it's just not as intense or as firm a bite as she gives at home.
I think you hit the nail on the head with it being a different game. Do you think it would help to let friends or family play tug with her? Or could that do more harm than good?
|08-13-2013 09:14 PM|
It's hard to say without seeing what the decoy is doing. Can you video some work? You can PM me with it if you're uncomfortable about posting it. That way I/we can see exactly whats happening.
|08-13-2013 09:11 PM|
|Tjf||I haven't back tied her at all yet. I don't work her with the sleeve, we just play tug. I mostly use the tug to keep her drive up in OB. I've just noticed that she doesn't hit the sleeve/decoy with the same force that she hits the tug. Do you think back tieing her when I do have help would increase her drive?|
|08-13-2013 08:30 PM|
This is it. Some dogs need some encouragement to bring them out. Remember many of them have never played the game so they don't know the rules. Something as simple as having a harness on with you behind them holding them back can shut them down.
Do you back tie your dog at all? Also, I don't really recommend working your own dog. Even if experienced you can create some conflict.
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|08-13-2013 06:22 PM|
|Castlemaid||It might take her while to get comfortable working with a stranger and figure that she is allowed to give it her all. Still a young dog, probably doesn't want to rock the boat or upset the "higher ups". A bit challenging for you since you are so far away from experienced help. It will probably just take a few more sessions of her working with someone else to bring out her full confidence.|
|08-13-2013 05:11 PM|
|Tjf||Thanks for the reply, I never really thought about that. Should I try letting someone else handle her during bite work?|
|08-13-2013 04:43 PM|
|Mary Beth||I suspect she could be distracted because you are there also, so her attention is divided.|
|08-13-2013 02:21 PM|
Newbie bite work question
I have a year old female pup that I've been working since she was four months. She has done well in her progression and I'm very pleased with her. She has great toy/tug drive and at home playing with me she gets really intense. With that being said, if someone else is using the tug or the sleeve she seams to soften. She is well socialized and in afraid of strangers. She will hold a full mouth grip, but it's not as hard as when I play with her at the house. Is this just an age thing? Or is there something I could be doing to help her? I don't get a lot of opportunity for sleeve/decoy work because the closest club is a two hour drive and I work crazy hours.