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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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getting on a sleeve

My dog is doing really well with a bite pillow will bite and let go on command but he will not switch to the sleeve for the life of him what can I do to get him to switch over?
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Are you doing the training yourself, or are you training with a club? I think he is only 9 months old and you got him when he was five months? he probably not ready for the transition. For some dogs, biting a sleeve is biting a person's arm, and in their mind, a big nono.

If you are training him yourself, there is a lot of psychological conflict involved in biting you, can't really ask him to do that, especially while still a puppy.

If you are working with a club, put him away for six months to a year, and let him grow up and mature.

Even then, he may never get into bitework, might be just going against his nature.

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i do the training myself i have trained a dog before came out awesome just was not a shepherd...but that does make sense he will bite the sleeve with my friend just not when i have it on though
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. . . he will bite the sleeve with my friend just not when i have it on though
Well there's the answer right there - especially at his age, he has too much respect for you to bite you and act in a way that he feels may be a challenge to your authority and top position in the pack.

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Use prey drive, he might bite if the drive takes over. If not then no use working your own dog in defense.

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iv looked for a club up here in el paso but have not found anything yet if anyone knows where to find one that would be awesome!
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Use prey drive, he might bite if the drive takes over. If not then no use working your own dog in defense.
That is how my trainer switched from the pillow to the sleeve with my dog. And he took right to it.
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...Why do you want him to bite it with YOU holding it? I never ask my dog to do that. It's a conflicting picture for them.

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