Good question Noble. Some dogs do not care about the sleeve as much and only bite it because the helper keeps it between the dog and helpers body. Such dogs can very easily progress to bite anywhere on the body if the handler wants to train that. The stick is also an important part to test the dog, some dogs do not like stick hits, some only get more intense when threatened or hit by it. Each exercise tests a certain element of temperament and together provide a full picture of the dog's capabilities and deficiencies. Given the full picture a training plan is developed for that particular dog and if the handler so wishes, can pursue bite work with hidden equipment (if the dog is up to it).
At the same time there are some dogs that like to bite visible equipment only. For example if the helper drops the sleeve and charges the dog, the dog might run or just stand there looking around not knowing what to do. If the helper performs this stunt to the first type of dog described above, he can get seriously hurt as that dog will engage no matter what. Key is to know how to distinguish between these temperament types and choose what is best for that particular dog.
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Last edited by Packen; 03-26-2012 at 04:47 PM.