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Forum: Choosing A Breeder   09-22-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,145
Posted By martemchik
Be careful with online reviews, especially from...

Be careful with online reviews, especially from people that have ZERO first hand experience with the breeder or dogs they're breeding. Sad really, this forum doesn't allow negative reviews, yet will...
Forum: How do I (teach my dog to)?   09-21-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 420
Posted By martemchik
You have to kick him into a drive so high that he...

You have to kick him into a drive so high that he really doesn’t realize what he’s biting. So that either has to be prey or defense. I wouldn’t suggest going defensive with him yourself, but with a...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff   09-21-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,039
Posted By martemchik
Huh?

Huh?
Forum: Herding   09-15-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 715
Posted By martemchik
Attagirl! The place around here only allows...

Attagirl! The place around here only allows instinct tests at 6 months. Wonder when her sister will be doing hers...

Nice to see her enjoying it.
Forum: Herding   09-15-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,785
Posted By martemchik
If you think that puppy is anything but "high...

If you think that puppy is anything but "high prey drive" look up the pedigree and then a few videos of the parents. In either case, balance is key and using that drive to teach a dog a skill is the...
Forum: Diet & Nutrition   09-10-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,014
Posted By martemchik
Make a big batch!

Make a big batch!
Forum: B.A.R.F./Raw Feeding   09-03-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,616
Posted By martemchik
I don’t use Big Dan’s, but I use a similar...

I don’t use Big Dan’s, but I use a similar company that’s local. The research I’ve done has led me to believe that any meat that leaves a USDA facility (pretty much any meat processor) that isn’t...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!   08-31-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,027
Posted By martemchik
No, he's about 80lbs. She looks really jacked and...

No, he's about 80lbs. She looks really jacked and is filling out nicely, probably not as big as the picture makes her look. Then again, she is probably a little over half of what mom weighs...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!   08-31-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,027
Posted By martemchik
13 weeks old, looking like a real dog... ...

13 weeks old, looking like a real dog...
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s427/martemchik/C085F6B2-60AE-4B6D-BB5C-CBC4C21CEC3B_zpsa3ctc2mu.jpg
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Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-28-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
I talked about it earlier in this thread...the...

I talked about it earlier in this thread...the control necessary to heel a dog at attention when a helper is on the field, or in the case of a transport just 5 yards in front, is extremely hard to...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-28-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
** rude comment removed. The rest is pertinent...

** rude comment removed. The rest is pertinent to the discussion. **


As per the rule book under the "back transport section"

Incorrect conduct includes: "dog is inattentive to the helper."...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-27-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
What you are describing isn’t attributed to the...

What you are describing isn’t attributed to the correct way to do the training method, it’s just incorrect training. Prey OR defense can be done wrong. A dog trained the wrong way through prey, shows...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-27-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
I don’t believe that the going after the ball/tug...

I don’t believe that the going after the ball/tug instead of the helper is an innate/genetic trait of most dogs. The training is the issue in those situations. When done incorrectly, or possibly...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs   07-24-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,866
Posted By martemchik
Most of this has to do with how opinions are...

Most of this has to do with how opinions are shared today. Most people ask opinions from either complete strangers or “fringe friends” on Facebook. It’s much easier to say something controversial and...
Forum: The Breed Standard   07-24-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,940
Posted By martemchik
First you have to understand why there is a slope...

First you have to understand why there is a slope in the back. Second, yes, a dog with proper rear end angulation can trot faster and conserve more energy than a dog that doesn't. This is easiest to...
Forum: Schutzhund/IPO Training   07-23-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,042
Posted By martemchik
I think you have to consider that breeding...

I think you have to consider that breeding practices in other counties are quite different than in the United States and in Germany. Some of the other European nations with strong working dog...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-23-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
Over the years most dogs get bored with the...

Over the years most dogs get bored with the routine and will lose strong barking and I’m sure at this point someone will post a video of a dog at 10 barking strong but I’m talking national level...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-23-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
Your whole last sentence is completely incorrect...

Your whole last sentence is completely incorrect and would shift any competitive balance there might be. You cannot bring a handler in early if you're going to make a different one go longer. If a...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-23-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
Lol is that what they told you? The judges call...

Lol is that what they told you? The judges call the person in before 50 because they see the "true power" after just a few barks? That's definitely not how it works. Judges have a certain time frame...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-23-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
People get stuck on one way of training, they...

People get stuck on one way of training, they can't think outside the box. Mediocre is good enough.

How can you tell they know their method isn't as good? They can't prove it with results, they...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-22-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
Defense drive is quickly exhausted when the dog...

Defense drive is quickly exhausted when the dog doesn't feel the threat any longer.
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-22-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
If taught correctly…a hold and bark can easily be...

If taught correctly…a hold and bark can easily be transferred to any passive “target.” It’s hard to understand when you haven’t seen it, and I have a very strong feeling you’ve probably not seen it...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-22-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
Not sure what trials you’re going to…pretty much...

Not sure what trials you’re going to…pretty much every dog I’ve seen over the past year has no problem looking at the helper during a transport. None of the dogs I’ve trained with have an issue doing...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-22-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
With proper genetics, and proper underlying...

With proper genetics, and proper underlying foundation, a solid dog will react properly in any situation. The training is what you allow the dog to do and what you don’t allow them to do. You have to...
Forum: Personal Protection Dogs   07-22-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,643
Posted By martemchik
Turning on a guy…or barking…should be very clear...

Turning on a guy…or barking…should be very clear to a properly trained IPO dog. Going in for an initial bite? That’s different. But that’s also two different types of training which is why I don’t...
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