Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Well even outside of IPO it's debatable. I train my dog to bite what is presented. He's not trained to specifically discriminate a weapon or what hand is holding it. In SDA on one of the long attacks the decoy will charge at the dog, firing the gun, but then turns at the last second (when in SchH the sleeve would be presented) so the dogs typically attack the armpit from the back site, not come to a stop, run around the front of the decoy, and try to bite the hand with the gun. If a weapon was still drawn he'd probably bite that arm or armpit (which I like better). If nothing is presented he should bite the armpit or collarbone. I know some police trainers do the same, the dog bites what is presented.