The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
If your dog is having fun and it is helping him gain confidence, and your trainer is okay with keeping things light and to his level, I don't see the harm in it. If you see stress, avoidance, then stop. When you get to training, is your dog exited and can't wait to get out of the car for his turn? Or is he indifferent, or visibly stressed? When the trainer approaches, does you dog light up with energy and engagement, barking and pulling towards him, or does he avoid looking at the trainer, sniffing the ground, yawning, looking around, or when told to alert, barking not AT the trainer, but at the empty space around him? The latter are all avoidance behaviours, and would show that your dog is stressed and uncomfortable.
On the other hand, if your dog is enjoying himself, and readily engages the decoy, and as long as your trainer has the skills to not push your dog past what he can handle, and your dog enjoys the work and improves, it won't cause any harm or negative effect. If you are okay in continuing the work just to build his confidence, while understanding and accepting his limitations, then I don't see a problem with continuing on.
If you feel that your dog would rather do something else, and you are 'forcing' him in protection work, then yes, the training, even if kept light and unthreatening, could put more stress on your dog than what he can handle, and it would be better to stop.
Even if he is enjoying himself, but is not likely to improve, then up to you about what you want to do next.
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Last edited by Castlemaid; 09-08-2012 at 01:57 AM.