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Oh, no! Another addict!

Well, we made it to our second Schutzhund class today. It went really well considering we are both newbies, this whole thing is new to me! But after 2 classes I already know it, I have an addiction! Here is a video of our protection work (nobody wants to see our obedience now, the handler needs some lessons!)

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Just a few suggestions, I would really watch the grip on your pup, they are shallow. I did see the helper fix the grip once but that was all. The dog also had a shallow grip during the carry. A harness might be a good idea because the dog is pulling so hard, it will help with the barking and won't cut off his air supply. Good luck and have fun.

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I agree with Denise. Is this helper experienced? I would be worried about the helper giving him the sleeve when the dog didn't even have a full bite. Foundation is VERY important, trust me, I've learned the hard way.
I would use a harness like Denise said for starters.

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I am new too and my dog has had the same problem with grips. He also would give up the rag/toy/sleeve as soon as there was no pressure (like when he won it to carry, he would drop it). I only had certain people do bitework with him and immediately I could see improvement b/c these people know exactly what they are doing. Now and I rarely even tug with him at home to make sure he's only doing it correctly (often I can't really tell, so lately we've been using Gappay balls for reward b/c he has the whole ball in his mouth when he gets a few tugs, I don't have to worry about a poor grip on a tug toy and I leave the agitation work to the club).

We also really like using a harness even though a lot of people we train with use a collar. I got this harness and we like it a lot, plus it's cheap compared to other leather harnesses: http://www.bridgeportequipment.com/P...x?productId=96

He looks like he enjoys it!
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What has the dog been worked on before? Going straight to the sleeve is not a good idea - you want to solidify the grip 1st.


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Originally Posted By: Smithie86What has the dog been worked on before? Going straight to the sleeve is not a good idea - you want to solidify the grip 1st.
I agree with Sue on the sleeve for your second session the dog looks good with nice drive. But using a big sleeve is just plain dumb when making a grip foundation. This puts you in a difficult situation being a n00b to suggest working on something other than a sleeve for foundation hopefully the helper will realize this and take a couple of steps back

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Re: Oh, no! Another addict!

second session and on a sleeve?? seems like a bit of a rush. i would work the dog on a rag or pillow for starters and build his bite. shallow bites can be bad on the teeth plus you will lose points in a trial.

on a different note your pup looks good aside from the bite. keep us updated, we need some more posts in the working dog section of this forum.

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