Thanks Guys for all your excellent responses. I work in a mostly all GSD club (1 other Dobe) and I guess what I wanted to see out of my dog what the other GSD's were doing ie, carrying and possessing the sleeve. I had an idea that Rotts were mostly interested in the actions of the helper with a live sleeve and it's great to know that that is actually the case with most Rotts and that's certainly the case with mine.
As I said all great responses, very educational and I thank you all again, I can rest easier now Duane, what you said about misses and frustration, this is what my helper does; plus when she's on a line, we make a great game out of it, misses and then when she gets a bite, lots of back pressure resulting in a very firm bite, then some calm holding, repeat. We don't work her for long, no more than 8 minutes or so, so she doesn't start to tire and lose interest.
SOmetimes if animals are not "trying" they way I'd like, I find that just completely quitting the activity for a few weeks brings a lot more life.
Sort of a, "OH THIS!! I know THIS!" and renewed enthusiasm.
Sometimes there is pressure we put on when the activity is being done, but not done "how we like" and that squelches the dog's joy in it.
With this dog I don't think it's a case of the need for a break, it's more to do with the way she is. She's mad keen for the ball or the sleeve but when they are dead, when the 'prey' has gone out of them, when she's killed it, she loses interest. It's more of a Rottie thing I think...
I do know what you mean though and understand the idea you mention
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