Knowing when to quit
I've made the decision to stop protection work with my female Morgan. Our foundation training was solid and all in prey drive. She did not care about the stick or whip as long as she could play the game. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer and we did nothing for a year. During that time, she became sound sensitive to loud popping noises (picked it up from my setter). Now if any pressure is put on her she drops off the sleeve like a rock. My TD says she reacts like she's been hit with the stick (not to my knowledge), lots of blinking and flinching. She is not having fun. So we will do other things, like agility, obedience and tracking. I have a young male who bites like an alligator and doesn't care if pressure is on, so I can still continue my schutzhund addiction. Have to do what is best for the dog.
Gretchen RN, CD, NAP, NJP (GSD)
Morgan RN, FO, TT, TC (GSD)
Quaid RN (Irish setter)