Platz during bark and hold?
We have begun to teach the bark and hold on a long line. However, when giving the revere command, Titan has now begun to platz. He still continues to bark strongly, and launches with a full bite.
The helper I am working with says that there is no set rule saying he has to sit during the bark and hold.
However, I would prefer to teach the bark and hold as a sit.
In my mind, I want to teach him to sit beside me, give the revere command, and on the send out, give the sit command, until he gets into a routine and there is no need to give the sit command after the revere.
The trainer and helper both say to reward the platz. Is this okay? I just don't see him eventually starting to sit.
I read on the working dog forum that when the dog goes into the platz, that it could be a confidence issue, and he is being worked too much in defense.
I'm just trying to wrap my head around all this, being so new to the sport.
Basically, I want to know if it's okay for him to be in a platz during the bark and hold. I know there isn't a rule against it, but what exactly does him doing that means, and if it could cause any further issues in the future.
How is the bark and hold normally taught?