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post #6 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2009, 09:06 PM
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Re: Proper age to make protection work

Hmm...Starting - is prey building with rag and tug with a decoy as a pup not considered "protection" work? So for clarification of terms, what is the definition of starting protection? Pressure and biting the sleeve? Much appeciated.

As I started this sport when my dog was 14 months, my experience is limited. We did prey work. Some sleeve work but then decided to "put him up" to mature and started in earnest on the sleeve when he was more ready at about 19 or 20 months.
My guess is that tug work and as young puppy is to gain confidence and develop prey drive and beginning to teach proper gripping. It appears that the more balanced fight drive is not that present as a pup, but in a more mature dog.


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