hidden suit work is the ONLY way to proof your PP dog.
In schuzhund, we use the sleeve. But we do use the body suit on occasion to balance the dog. Now, a dog that always works on helper with sleeve is given a chance to bite the body. This is meaningful. Much more so than any PP or ring or mondio training that uses the suit all the time. YOU really know if it will engage. Granted, some dogs work great in prey. With all the attraction training and helper work.......what happens when the dog does go into defence............real defence.
I can honestly tell you from experience that threshhold for a dog is crutial for real PP work. It is funny nobody talks about threshhold of a dog in PP forum. Pain, handler, stress, etc.
Again, this concept of threshhold is what is TESTED in schutzhund. I guess that is why I love the sport. Done correctly, it is THE EASIEST TO TRANSFER TO PP APPLICATION.
Any paid client will tell you and if you are a consultant to your customers, CONTROL over your pp is vital. This is real world. I have personally lost 30 grand from a bite. And he did out perfectly.
I honestly feel a pp trainer must compete in sport at the highest level possible not because you want to do sport, but to validate your training theories and ideas. manipulation of drives and animal behavior theory is universal.
Granted, making money sometimes takes time away from training for yourself. That is reality. And really schutzhund is a brutally hard sport if you want to do it right.
I can tell you that I have only met Mati once at a trial he was doing helper work for. I am sure he has a good grasp of protection work theory.
Making a dog crazy ape nuts is not hard. That is why I think it is comical to see dogs shown constantly on the post, or helpers doing rabbit work.
Seeing a dog in FULL an absolute control WITH explosive power ON COMMAND.....now that is impressive, in PP or sport.
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