Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
The skill is finding a way to convince the dog that what you want is what he wants. Force rarely works because it just increases the fight and fighting with this type of dog just makes it worse since they relish in the fight. Not getting frustrated (this is my weakness) is a huge issue. If you feel like things are going badly or that you are starting to get frustrated or a fight might ensue, put the dog up. No other suggestions since I am not there to see what he is doing.
LOL re: someone else handling your dog. Without the relationship from a puppy it isn't happening. I had a friend that wanted to handle my old female. She would be OK for a bit and then decide he hadn't rewarded her quickly enough or that maybe she really wanted the ball "NOW". He got bitten several times, but did manage to put a TR2 and 3 on her. She was never nasty. It was the lack of respect for this person whom she had not grown up with. I would NEVER have dreamed of handing Deja off to someone else.
I like these dogs, but they can be a challenge and do make me feel like I am a totally worthless handler/trainer at times.
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SG1 Deja IPO3 AWD1 KKL1 B/HOT, SG Elena IPO1 KKL CGC B/HOT, LB (the ugly little sable) IPO2 KKL B/HOT, Jarka (up and coming) BHOT, and gone but not forgotten, Vala SchH3 AWD1 FH2 CGC B/HOT, Donovan IPO1 TR2 AD, Nike SchH1 OB1 TR3 AD CGC HOT, Treue SchH3 CD CGC HOT