Begining bitework questions
Hi guys, I have a 6 month old german shepherd from working lines, and I wanted to get him involved in IPO. Here is the thing: he will not hold onto the tug. I stopped bitework when he was teething, after his adult teeth grew in I started working him again. He has been on the rag and has had a nice, calm, full, firm grip on it. I moved him up to a tug, but he will not hold onto it the same way he holds onto the rag.
This is the first dog I have had that I am looking to compete with, so this is new for me (I have only had personal protection dogs worked in defence) so I need some guidence. I know joining a club will help but I am moving out of state at the end of the month so I was going to wait until then. For now, I have been working him by myself.
It has been bothering me though, my lab that I had held on better than this shepherd. I need all the advice I can get, I'm wondering if his drive will come out better when he is older, or if I should just stick to obedience and tracking.
I thank all of you in advance for your help and taking the time to read this.
Last edited by maureen_mickel; 01-08-2015 at 04:01 PM.