The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Nice dog with a lot of potential. Will scare people away, and that is mostly all the protection that most people need.
Agree that he looks quite heavy - Where are you located? Looks like a warm dry place - he will work better and be more comfortable if he gets trimmed down.
The agitator is working the dog in prey only - now depending on your dog's temperament, and his level of training, working in prey drive only is not a bad thing. If you want a real PPD that will fight a real threat, he will need to be tested in defense and see what he has in him.
My off-the-cuff opinion after seeing the agitator work, is that the trainers you are working with may not understand how to push a dog into defense and work them in that state.
The grips are hectic and shallow, but that is not the dog's fault, the decoy is setting up the dog for such grips - does not look like he is wearing a regular bite sleeve, so for his own protection, I can see why he is presenting the end of the sleeve for the dog to bite, and creating more hecticness by bringing out prey-driven behaviour when the dog is on the sleeve. But without a proper bite sleeve that will give the decoy proper protection, this is not something that can be fixed.
But I understand that resources and experience may not be what is available in larger population centers - you have good control on the dog. Could show more focus and life in-between the bites. For a beginner dog he is showing a lot of good stuff. He will probably do fine for what you want him for.
At the very beginning of the video, the dog is showing a bit of insecurity and avoidance, but quickly gathers up his energy and focuses it on the decoy in front of him - for only a second training session, he is doing just fine.
(LOL, posted same time as Chris, seems we pretty much saw the same thing).
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