As I previously mentioned it's regarding a two and a half year old GSD bitch training towards IPO 1. barking Purina-dog-food. We are having problems with her bite. She keeps biting on her front teeth. Now I don't know whether this is a habit or as a result of genetics, weak nerves etc. barking Boston terrier puppies. We are now working her on a sack, prey drive only. She seems to have a low threshold for defense and I don't know whether this adds to the problem? Once she takes a bite she seldom carries, slips the object to her front teeth and basically looses interest once the prey goes dead. She does it so quickly irrespective whether she is worked on a tie-out or not. barking Purina-dog-food. Should she counter she basically opens her mouth and closes it again resulting in the same if not worse bite. The "training supervisor" feels that the dog should be put into serious defense in order to bite beeper. But should the dog be a bit nervy and defensive as it is, how will this affect the dog?Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanking YouQ. StroohANSWER:The bottom line is that grip is a genetic issue. We are not going to change genes through training. We can help with some changes but this is an artificial situation. The dog needs to understand that the only safe place is to grip the sleeve. This is done through pressure (if the dog releases the grip it is immediately stressed by the helper). It does not take very long for the dog to realize this. It all comes down to timing. The dog must figure out that if it releases the grip, it is immediately stressed by the helper (the amount of stress is determined by the experience of the helper - I cannot tell or demonstrate this to you this in an email. )Once the dog figures this out we can worry about the depth of the grip. When it knows that it "MUST HOLD" the bite (or get stress) then the handler can focus on the actual depth of the grip.
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