Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Nikon tends to fall into too much defense in protection and because of this his biting suffers. He doesn't slide down or chew but when he's in defense his bite is not full and he does not strike with the speed and power that I know he is capable of when he's working with more confidence. Instead of just working on bites and feeding him easy bites, we're working in more balance and bringing more prey out of him for better bites. He still has to work hard but the bite has improved quite a bit without changing any equipment or making the work too easy for him. The nice thing is that I can always tell what he's thinking or where his mind is during the work based on his biting (and other things like his guarding behavior, but the biting is a clear indication). It's not that genetically he does not bite full and hard but that genetically he tends to fall more into defense so we have to work on that balance. The biting is a symptom but not the problem. I don't see the equipment as the problem, just how it is being used. Sometimes I see dogs worked with rags or tugs but that is not because they cannot bite a trial sleeve, just because that equipment is better suited for the type of work the dog is doing in that moment.
Last edited by Liesje; 06-19-2012 at 11:54 AM.