|09-28-2013 04:43 PM|
Yep I've been told I'm an idiot for letting dogs bite me. Especially when they target the upper armpit/bicep bite. I've got scars and a TON of bruises from it.
I love it.
I love it for the rush. Its a thrill to have a dog bearing down on you, you take the bite and work to get the most out of the dog. Be it training to help advance it, or in a competition setting so we can hopefully get an accurate picture of what the dog is all about.
I love it because I get to see the training and make of the dog from a whole different perspective. I think it honestly makes me a better handler and improves my training on my own dog. I know its improved my timing for rewards and corrections with my own dog because you get to work with that many more dogs.
I often heard people at club tell me I was crazy for being on that end of it, but they wouldn't be anywhere without me being crazy enough to pick up a sleeve, or jump into the suit and work dog after dog after dog "because".
As far as non dog people? If they ask I'm vague because its just not well received by John Q Public. I often don't talk about training dogs with them because they don't get bite work, or how you can spend all that time/money into training. I just don't bring it up. But then I don't get the appeal of confirmation, or coin collecting, or civil war reenactments. Nothing against those things, they are just not for me. They make them happy go be happy. Dogs biting me makes me happy so SEND YOUR DOG!
|08-17-2013 01:17 PM|
I'm thinking the person calling a guy (or gal) strong enough and brave enough to take full on bites from grown GSDs (and rotties ) an 'idiot'...
Is truly the idiot.
While not considered dangerous I used to be asked why participate in Dressage, it's so 'boring'. To the average joe public it really is like watching paint dry, especially at lower levels.
It's one of those things that unless you participate in it you cannot appreciate the nuances and intricacies and the art of it all.....coming to understand better and more deeply one of God's creatures. It's a reward that many people won't ever realize.
|08-17-2013 10:46 AM|
I completely agree with you Chip.
|08-17-2013 10:45 AM|
You're so right! I get it now, thanks for explaining it.
|08-17-2013 12:30 AM|
You are an idiot...
How you dare not to find PlayStation exciting enough to be interested in other kind of things?
Animals and outdoor activities are for NatGeo... geesh!
|08-16-2013 02:16 PM|
|Chip Blasiole||Unable to edit. Last post should have said "in turn" not "in term."|
|08-16-2013 02:04 PM|
|Chip Blasiole||I think the only way to really become skilled at reading working dogs in bitework is by becoming a decoy. It allows you to try to get into the dog's head to elicit various behaviors or respond in certain ways to reinforce other behaviors. That in term makes you a better handler/trainer. I don't see how anyone can breed without decoy experience. Every dog is different and some are extremely different, so you don't really know what quality is without decoying. As a spectator, it all pretty much looks the same. As a decoy you can tell if the dog biting you is a happy prey dog, has some other element of desirable aggression, has any subtle nerve issues, grip strength, response to pain, etc.|
|08-16-2013 09:38 AM|
|08-16-2013 08:31 AM|
Why are you an idiot in their minds?
I mean you can get hurt and is hard on the body but it's not like you are likely to die or even end up seriously injured. Lots of bruises. Maybe the occasional puncture wound. But as long as you are safe and you make sure the handlers are safe I don't get it.
heck I think I was more bruised and battered than most decoys are when I was playing coed indoor soccer lol. But I also have a history of dangerous hobbies...road biking....3 day eventing (horses)......so bite sports are a walk in the park. People don't usually end up dead or paralyzed from those!
|08-16-2013 08:30 AM|
|cliffson1||I have heard this for decades and decades....lol, as Black American I was decoying in early seventies when most people ( and almost all my people) thought I was crazy to let people sic a dog on me.....but it's been a great ride and I have learned soooooo much from that end of the training paradigm.|
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