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Categories: Competition Obedience , Schutzhund Obedience

Q. I am confused about is what is causing the dogs to go for the bite during the bark and hold. Is the handler giving the command?
I watched the DVD several times and things are slowly beginning to soak in. One thing that I am confused about is what is causing the dogs to go for the bite during the bark and hold. Is the handler giving the command or is the dog simply taking the sleeve when its presented.

A. The answer is BOTH – the dog should go for the bite when the helper makes a threatening move. Every time this happens the handler should give the bite command as the dog goes for the bite. This helps pre-program the dog to learn to bite on command.

As the dog gains experience you can reverse the order and have the handler give the command and then the helper moves. So the dog learns to bite on command. The dogs that are mature, are confident biters, have good training, can get stung by the stick if they are to slow to respond on the bite command.

Hope this helps.

Ed
  
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