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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sleeve progression

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I have a 10.5 month old GSD who has outgrown a puppy sleeve (its starting to hurt). I was going to upgrade to an intermediate sleeve, but as I was looking at options I noticed that some full sleeves are offered that have compressible bite bars to cushion hits and give more satisfying bites versus the hard trial bars. Since they appear better built and have the replaceable covers compared to the intermediate sleeve, it seems like a more useful long-term investment. Any reason this is a bad idea? Thanks in advance.

Here's an example of a soft/compressible full sleeve I'm considering: schutzhund,Protection dog trial sleeve, air compression dog protection training sleeve - DogSport Gear
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I believe you should go right to trial sleeve once you transition from a bite role. Your dog will bite correctly if you tap the correct drive not if you use a gimmicky sleeve..
If the dog is a prey dog bring him out in prey, if he is a defensive dog use defense, aggressive dog use aggression. Have to know how to tap these drives and channel them into power and aggression. That is not so easy.
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I believe you should go right to trial sleeve once you transition from a bite role. Your dog will bite correctly if you tap the correct drive not if you use a gimmicky sleeve..
If the dog is a prey dog bring him out in prey, if he is a defensive dog use defense, aggressive dog use aggression. Have to know how to tap these drives and channel them into power and aggression. That is not so easy.

Basically this. I spend a lot of time on foundation work. Flirt poles, tugs, even some wedges and pillows, but once they go to a sleeve, it's a trial sleeve. Well I guess my favorite everyday sleeve is the Ray Allen BT50 but...
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Well I guess my favorite everyday sleeve is the Ray Allen BT50 but...
Cool, that's a compression sleeve, like I am considering.
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