My police K9 will not take the bite on the street. In training he never hesitates. What can I do to fix this?
I have a male GSD that has just turned 3 years old last month. He has been worked by me as a Police Dog for the last 1.5 years and has proved himself in all areas of Police work other than actually biting anyone. He has had a number of opportunities to bite both on and off the lead but on each occasion has not taken the bite. He has jumped up and investigated the arm of a feeing criminal and has barked aggressively at an approaching criminal but failed to move forward and bite. I have had a roll around on the floor with 2 criminals while he was on the lead with me and he did not bite either of them.
In training you could not ask for a better dog. He achieves everything that is asked of him which includes 'practical' scenarios. His tracking/searching/control is excellent.
I have trained with both overt and covert sleeves and he does not hesitate to bite. If he is attacked he will bite.
The advice I receive from my training department is to keep exposing him to these live situations and one day he should 'mature' and bite. I don't have much confidence in this method.
Any advice would be great.
Many thanks in advance, Trevor
Let me begin by saying that your department is 100% wrong and their advice is very dangerous.
I will almost guarantee you that this dog would not pass a selection test for a police service dog. When dogs do this it's a sign of avoidance.
I can tell you that is this dog were in any reputable police K9 program in this country it would be washed out of the program.
Do not put your life on the line with this dog. It will not be there for you when you need it.
Hope to do a DVD later this year on SELECTION TESTING DOGS FOR POLICE WORK.