How much of a dog's grip is Genetic? Can it be trained and developed? If it is genetic, does it start to get strong after a certain age or is it always strong from puppyhood?
That is a good question. In terms of how full a grip is, I think we are talking mainly genetics. Now firmness of a grip I think is also partly genetic, but I beleive it is more mental than muscle. I dog that bites hard does it because he means to bite hard.If the grip is genetic, how much of it is muscle verses mental?
"...my pups grip is pure garbage." Im sorry but that was funny...lmao!!! I busted out laughing when I read that sentence.The reason that I ask is because my pups grip is pure garbage. I have not really been working him that hard in any area as I have not been able to take him out to our club since October and I have not wanted to train him wrong on my own. (he is 7 & 1/2 mo old) I recently introduced him to a leather tug which he attacks with vingence. However he has no bite strength. I can always just pull the tug out of his mouth with very little effort. He bites full but not hard. Is this a develpmental thing because the leather tug is unfamiliar to him and he really don't know how to bite down? Will his strength and bite grow as he matures? Or is a strong bite probably something that I will never have with him if he doesnt have it at an early age?
Only recommend that for somebody that has actually the experience to do it. You can drive a dog into avoidance or into defense that way.The more valuable it is, the more the pup will want to possess it. I would make him work harder for it. Backtie him and tease him up before he wins it. I'd encourage him to calmly hold it when he finally wins. Better calm than thrashing/shaking it.
Leather gets slimy, have you tried a french linen or burlap/jute?
You can do it with out putting pressure on the dog, it is a drive building exercise, not a pressure/put into defense exercise. If my dog went into avoidance with that, then I don't think it would be one I'd want to continue in SchH. I'd find another venue to train in.Only recommend that for somebody that has actually the experience to do it. You can drive a dog into avoidance or into defense that way.