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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Re: When & How to Introduce the Stick and Pressure
I want my dogs to see the stick and the pressure from the helper and fight back. They must be taught what to do when the stick and the pressure are presented.
The desensitizing teaches the dogs to just ignore the stick. That is probably why, IMO, many dogs just hang on and go along for a ride during the drives. It also can be used to help dogs with stick problems tolerate the stick.
Several years ago there was a dog that won an event that people were commenting on as being a very strong dog. During the drives this dog would man handle the helper and he was extremely difficult to drive. The dog was from this area. This dog was not strong and actually had a stick issue. The dog was taught to pull behind the helper, get himself out of the pocket making it hard for the helper to pressure him and to stick hit him. His grips often slipped too, but this was not always seen. He was taught to tolerate what he didn't like.
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