many points i meant to brush on this AM..but not enough coffee and too much else to do
if you break down bitework 101 basics..everything BEFORE the bite is stress/pressure-that can be a 'good' or a 'bad' stress/pressure..once the dog gets the bite..THAT is where he able (or should be) unloading his stress/pressure into..this is the peak point where the dog is now unloading and coming down in drive..at least that's how i was taught ohhhh so many years back..once the dog out's..then it's back to the pressure/stress again..
peter mentioned a handler making mistakes etc..they are not mistakes if you learn from them..in my case i know all too well what i am/was doing..however..at the very moment in time when heavy pressure was put on the dog by me..it was needed..this is not a typical dog in the sense he thrives off of pressure..he loads from it...i have only owned 3 dogs like this in 20+ years..however..when the dog is trying to launch and bite neutral people for no reason other than he thinks he is king kong..he needs to come down a peg or three..right away..and this dog was not let away with this kind of stuff as a puppy...this has been an issue from the start...he is all too ready to fight anyone that offers him any type of conflict. in other words...he will jump on/in to you when meeting..if i pull him off he is fine..if YOU try to push him off..the switch flips and he wants to ratchet shit up..the harder you push back? the harder he does too..so while he is safe to have out in public..he is not a nutcase..he's just an obnoxious dickhead that's full of himself..as my helper has said..'he reminds me of tom's old dog iwo'...who was a monster in bitework..and just a good strong tough dog..not for everyone..but? a dog needed for the gene pool the jury is out on whether or not i'll ever breed this male..we'll see..long way to go yet..lot's of miles to make yet...
MaTi, a perfect example of the 'meltdown' in a dog is a typical East German GSD...the more pressure the handler put on..the slower the dog got..and the quicker the dog just 'quit'. there are very few dogs that will actually increase in will to work and drive when handler stress is applied..those ones make training easy in some ways..not so easy in others..but? it does tell you alot about the dogs mental makeup..
and yes peter is correct.... ANY dog can be run...they all have holes in them somewhere..
what i like to see is a dog that rolls with the punches when something new is introduced..example..i watched peoples dogs this weekend come out and give the field an eyeball..or the blinds etc because it was a 'new' field to them...i prefer the dog that doesn't care what..who..where etc it is..it just wants to work..
one other area stress can tell you about your dog is scentwork..take the dog out and watch him track and see he handles that kind of pressure as well..does he try hard to work through problems or does he panic and quit? it's been said already..but worth repeating...it's not so much about pressure as it is how the animal handles it
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