I am fairly sure that my dog knows that there is a difference between training and real life. I highly doubt the fact that I do some sporty type work with the dog, in addition to the other stuff, that when it is time to sink some teeth into someone, that she will think it is a game.
But then again, I always try to get dogs that will fight someone pretty seriously with hardly any training at all to begin with.
So for me, it works, I have had to use my dogs for real, and they never let me down.
Police dog trainers do bitework all the time, and the dogs still engage and fight, and will protect the handler and the home or car as well..the good dogs anyhow..
for me the dog itself has a much higher % in the equation than the training. I would also say that the dog does not look at it like just playing a game, at training, most of the time though will concede that the dog knows it is not life or death.
I like to view it as comparable to MMA training, it is not a game, and it certainly doesnt hurt the guys chances if getting into a real fight on the street. In the ring, he knows the rules and follows them, outside the ring, all those extra skills he can also use if needed and he is not bound by the rules that he is in the ring.
I have yet to own a dog that I had to allow to attack a person for real, think it was a game. Or had a dog that would not bite a careless decoy for real, even in sporty type training.
seen lots of sport dogs that will mess someone up really good if needed, just a guess, but I have worked with quite a few.
I do a few additional things, and sporty type work. works for me and the dogs I have owned, but then again I am not looking for perfect sport performance either.
I think we pretty much agree, and yes I have seen plenty of dogs that are titled that I would not depend on to save my ass as well. there is something about a dog to respect though that looks at an agitator like he is a bunny rabbit, or is not threatened by him at all..
dog bites in prey/fight, defense, rage, whatever, as long as he engages aggressively,and stays in the fight, that is the bottom line, if called upon for real..
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