Did someone here post they never test or train allowing their dog free use of its teeth?
Not that I am aware of. However, from my (admittedly limited) understanding of what Tony & Hogbender do, there is not an emphasis on a lot of "bitework." You could also argue sport bases its foundation on the use of fairly obvious equipment to start with a more "toy" or "prey" based mentality. Specific to what I understand from Tony & HB, they do more mental and muzzle work than letting the dog have much free use of its teeth. Again, I have not delved into their protection training, so that is somewhat guessing on my part.
Sometimes in training, a collar slips off,a bungee cord snaps,handler fumbles the leash,harness buckle comes loose etc,etc...
When this unfortunate but inevitable calamity occurs.....Hard working decoys sometimes cannot get out of the way fast enough for the superior reflexes of a canine.
(especially if there's good training going on)This can be one way of seeing "It".
Yeah, however those are accidents and it is hard to plan for those. I have heard of people making the best out of accidental live bites. Still, that seems like a less than ideal way to go about it. Not that any real viable "ideal" exists unless you know somebody eager to take a ton of live bites to train/test a dog for a real life scenario. Those folks are probably not going to be widely available, much less particularly well-trained for this job.
In general, it seems like your vision is more teaching them to work with emotions to power through it and letting them bite as God ingrained in them, while on the other side you have the other extreme going from sleeve/suit-work to things like hidden sleeves that best hide the fact the agitator is protected. That and muzzle work; I recall some previous discussions on that from HB, Dom, and I want to say a few others. That found some common ground.
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