Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Full Bite?
^^ I've seen the same sort of thing in trials.
Too often, the dog who grips full, but doesn't *bite*, just goes along for the ride, and shows now power, fight or commitement in his work, but hangs on, is praised over the dog who's bite is maybe not completely full, but he is *biting* not griping, and who shows power and commitment throughout, doesn't just go along for the ride and take the helper's stick hits but instead responds to that pressure and threat by fighting back against the helper. That's not the way it should be.
So yes, I do feel too much emphasis is put on fullness and calmness of the bite alone, without looking at the overall dog and why he is biting the way he bites. Certainly dogs who bite frontal and have chewy bites should be penalized, as those things stem from insecurity. But at the same time, that insecurity will be evident elsewhere in the dog's work not only in the bite.
But it seems too many judges are looking at specific minutia, like the grip, and judging the whole performance based on that, rather than looking at the dog himself and the overall picture the dog presents. Though I suppose it's much easier to just glance and see a bit of daylight at the back of the mouth, points off, or see the muzzle of the dog move a bit, points off, than it is to read the dog to understand why he is doing what he is doing.
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