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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Pulling back vs. torquing the sleeve.
I didn't want to hijack another thread where this came up, but would love to have some input on people's views on a dog pulling back (humping back) the sleeve, and vs. torquing the sleeve. I'm not talking about shaking the sleeve when dog is in prey drive, though from some training videos I have seen, sometimes the shaking or torquing can be close and difficult to differentiate (for me, anyways).
So! I've always been told that pulling back (humping), shows power, confidence, clear-headedness. It shows that the dog feels confident about being able to deal with the threat at hand, and is not intimidated or trying to avoid the head-on, frontal presence of the decoy, while torquing can be seen as the dog trying to avoid the front of the decoy and finding a safer place to the side. At the same time, I see RCMP dogs doing hidden-sleeve work, and torquing is encouraged as it will disable and bring down a perp quicker than the pulling back. (We had a guest trainer doing a seminar once, and he found the 'humping back' term offensive, and insisted that we say 'pulling back').
I'd love to have a discussion on what humping back and/or torquing shows in the dog, and why humping back seems to be preferred (or I get the feeling from the trainers that I have worked with that humping back is preferred.) Not clear myself if humping back is preferred for training purposes, or for the maximum points in trial purposes.
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