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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
The regrip is to teach a full, deep bite. The dog does not win (tug/sleeve/bite pillow), unless the bite is full and hard. If the bite is iffy, then you wait for the regrip and allow the dog to win right away. The dog then learns to bite deep and hard the first time, in order to win.
I think that if you have a dog with a naturally deep, hard bite, then there is no need to do a regrip, as you mentioned, might only teach the dog to get chewy.
I think for real-life law enforcement there is no real need to teach a perfect full grip - in Schutzhund, points are deducted if the bite is not 100% full, but in real life, the dog can certainly bite with power and strenght, even if a bit of the back teeth are still showing.
I think you should ask your training partner why he is doing regrips, and what the training goals are. He might be doing it because that is how he has been taught to work the dogs, or because he knows that he can get better, more consistent bites out of the dogs by working them this way.
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