How is she reacting to the training?We've begun some basic bite work with Roxy. I figure once we get this obedience thing figured out, she'll get her CD, possibly CDX, then we'll really concentrate on some SchH and FR sport with a few trainers I've been speaking with.
I'm trying to keep it light and fun right now, so it's not too serious. We're working on a few things; arm bites (holds, releases), tackles (knocking down), and a guarding command (watching, attacking on her own if the subject moves).
We're using purely positive reinforcement, because she's got a tonne of drive already for it, and her obedience is strong, so there's no real need for nothing other than verbal guidance.
Experienced decoy/helper knows what drive to put your dog into for protection phase (bite work). Knows when to put your dog in prey drive knows when to put your dog in defence drive and know how to control these drives. The decoy/helper has knowledge and experience in reading and act accordingly to teach the dog how to bite full and hard on the sleeve or body suite, safely and with confidence. When a dog is in prey drive all it sees is a game and the decoy/helper is the toy the decoy/helper knows that the dog is in prey drive so he/she switch the prey drive to defence drive (this is the dogs serious side) this is when the dog start to protect the handler and its self. When you do not know what you are doing you can very easily break a dog. If you do to much defence drive you can cause the dog to be insecure and cause avoidance in turn cause the dog to not respond confidently. It also can cause conflict between dog and owner (handler) when doing your own helper work.I'm not sure what exactly you mean gsd's... I, better than anyone else can control my dog. A helper, which I do have, isn't in control of my dog, I am. And that's the only way it'll ever be.
I agree with this 100%! Bite work should be trained under the guidance of a trainer ONLY! I do prefer +r for this, but would never try to train it myself.Any bitework really isn't something to be toyed with unless you REALLY know what you're doing and have been doing it for years. It's a lot more complicated than people think (I've learned some really cool stuff by having people talk to me after I've worked my dog).
But if y'all already know that, I'll just shut up xD