he's coming along very nicely in all three phases..in fact he almost has all the IPO1 protection down..not bad for 7 sessions of bitework! perhaps i can con you into posting some video of him for me next time i get some new footage?
due to the prey oriented work i did with him teaching the fundamentals of the hold & bark etc..we reached a stage where the helper had to light him up a little and remind him of why we were there..he became a little too sleeve fixated..which of course was MY fault..after that training session..and i knew going in to it that day..i stopped doing all that silly stuff at home by myself..i had brought him as far as i could..was time now for the helper to take over..
what was really nice..was that i had already started to see some conflict in him a few days before we went training..he wanted to tip over into fight with me..but knew he'd get his ass handed to him if he got too rough with me..so some unsureness started to show in him..since he got his ass handed to him that day by the helper..wow does he know what we are out there for! i only wish we had got video of that session..it could not have been more picture perfect step by step instruction on how to get the dog out of prey and back to the real work..to watch the confusion first on the dog..the breif step backwards..then when the switch flipped? egads..i was quite proud of him! he came back stronger than ever and has not looked back since. there are very few helpers in this country i would allow to work a dog like that..especially a young dog with limited work...but..mine is a good one and knows when to push and when to give..you could literally see the 'A HA!' moment in the dog..and then the F*CK YOU @SSHOLE i'm going to jack you UP moment..one could almost hear the switch flip in his mind
after a hiatus from any kind of training..it's kind of nice to have the dog everyone else loves to hate because he makes it look soooooo easy i take no credit for him..it's mostly him and a really good helper..i'm just along for the ride at the end of the leash
i will take credit for one thing..knowing when to quit messing with him
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"