Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
My dog has seen too much defense, or at least it was allowed to become that for him (he would come out onto the field in too high a state of defense). Now we have added in more prey work, bringing more balance. He is still more defense than prey which I like but the overall picture is higher drive, stronger, more powerful dog (and better biting). I've never put him on a table though, not against it at all but I don't think he needs it and no helper has suggested it. We actually had a seminar today and one of his last reps he did in the blind the judge said would have been full points guarding which is huge for us since I messed him up a few years back and have been working that out ever since, but he's finally to the point where he's starting to show even better than he was before we messed up.
As for stress, yes in general I am all about teaching the dog to work through pressure, using rewards as releases not bribes, etc. I learned a few ideas today that I plan to work on this winter. In bitework I'm a big fan of the PA test because there are eight frontal attacks but no bites. And by frontal attack I don't mean a helper zipping crab-style out of the blind holding out a sleeve, I mean full suit charging the dog/handler with lots of verbal threat and stick. For me protection is about a lot more than "gripping" and biting. I've seen some "top level" SchH3 dogs fall apart on these exercises (and this is only the first level of SDA which you can actually skip over) because they are so equipment focused and/or have no idea how to deal with a real attack without the security of a bite and some of these dogs can show defense and do have strong aggression but get so patterned trained for sleeves they aren't really processing a true threat.
Last edited by Liesje; 12-02-2012 at 01:04 AM.