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Bark and hold... or just the hold for my dog

So his bark and hold was going great... he doesn't get dirty, settles right in, but recently started not barking, just silently snapping his jaws. We thought he was getting too winded or hot (has gotten pretty warm the past month), but this past week I started testing it while he was fresh, not heated up, and with plenty of energy with his ball... same thing... Now, given the command to bark, he does the silent snappy jaws... he used to bark consistently. I believe, in teaching him to not bark while in my car at the dogs doing bitework on training days, I've somehow taught him to just not bark at all and he picked up this silent snappy jaw thing... so we're working again on getting consistent barks on the bark command, and hopefully this will translate back onto the bark and hold. Anyone ever experience this or have any "magic tricks" for correcting it?

I'll upload a video of this if its of any help

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Wish I could help, but I've only had the "other" problem with too much barking. Good luck. I'm sure someone here will have some help for you.

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Would be interesting to see the video. My first thought is that he is in the wrong drive, the wrong frame of mind.

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My dog loses his bark as soon as he starts getting too warm.

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Is he getting a bite for snapping his jaws? If so the snap is being rewarded. Get him out fresh and wait him out. Give him the sleeve on the first bark, and start reinforcing that only. I've not had that problem but seen it and after a couple sessions it was fixed.
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I saw a dog doing that at training the other week. All you could hear was the teeth hitting each other. Sounded like he had an iron jaw! :-/ CREEPY! LOL!
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Is he getting a bite for snapping his jaws? If so the snap is being rewarded. Get him out fresh and wait him out. Give him the sleeve on the first bark, and start reinforcing that only. I've not had that problem but seen it and after a couple sessions it was fixed.
Nah if he starts doing it, we'll grind it out for 5 minutes or so, give a bite on the first bark, and put him up on that

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Would be interesting to see the video. My first thought is that he is in the wrong drive, the wrong frame of mind.
Well the video is me testing him... Pure prey drive and totally not the level of intensity of bitework. He gets somewhat defensive in bitework

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We would need a video of him working on a helper, not barking at you for a toy.

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