Are you working with a club? I know you want to do IPO, Protection, or something of the sort with bitework?? Are you attempting any bitework on your own? What kind of training are you doing on your own? What kind of corrections are you giving in this type of training. What makes you say, "it definitely wasnt friendly." I was at first inclined to believe that it was just out of super duper hyper, "I need to bite something because I'm so crazy right now." But your comment "it definitely wasn't friendly" made me second guess that.
If you aren't with a club, you need to get with one asap. You may not be doing any "formal" training in bitework, but you've made comments like "IPO is just a prey game, anyone can put a sleeve on and play with their dog in prey, it's a game." Or something of the sort (I believe that was you, I am so sorry if I am misquoting or thinking or someone else). I think the "anyone can play with their dog in prey" is true to an extent, but you really REALLY need to be very very experienced to play with your dog if you are trying to work towards any type of bitework. You need to be able to really be POSITIVE the dog is only in prey, and imo that takes some experience. Even the most genetically sound dogs can get conflicting/confusing training or interactions and it can manifest itself in ways you might not expect. If you aren't working with a TD or trainer that has experience you probably won't catch the early signs of insufficient/unclear training and it's effects.
I don't take a step forward in training (of any kind, obedience, bitework, tug/prey play, tracking, etc) without very specific guidance from my TD. Then I do whatever step is required with the TD at the club, make sure I really understand what I'm supposed to be doing at home, and THEN I do it. I don't even play tug a whole heck of a lot without the club. And when I do play tug (3ish times a week not counting club), I'm with the club enough that anything counter-productive I'm doing at home is caught super quick when I work the dog at club, and I make adjustments.
Bottom line, don't ignore this (not saying you are), and don't necessarily write it off as "bullying">>not sure what you mean by that. I don't let any of my dogs pull me to someone they want to meet. They have to sit and wait....they learn calmness=interaction. I don't correct my pup for anything (he's obviously younger than yours), he just doesn't get to meet anyone in a super high energy state, yanking on the lead, and pulling me to them.
Edit: I realize that you are not asking for advice on how to handle this, but I think the "why" might be because of confusing/conflicting training...plus I know you have posted a lot about walking this dog off leash all the time in public and everything...it looks like the dog isn't as trained or in control as you thought. I think it's easily fixed, I just think you really need to get on a plan with him with someone who knows their stuff.
Last edited by DaniFani; 01-02-2014 at 12:03 AM.