It is not enough to have read these chapters, or some other books, attend seminars to learn how to train, it would be impossible. However it is vitally important that you have theoretical information before you start doing anything. Since the theory can help us draw up a training plan on paper and then we will know whether or not the idea we have can work; Rather than just by trial and error, using our German shepherd as a guinea pig for our experiments. But it takes above all, as we have said repeatedly, the ability to read and interpret what our dog wants to communicate.
This ability is indispensable and must be “exercised” to get an “educated eye” that recognizes the signals that our dog sends, and thus be able to have good results with our work, either with dogs of our own or others, or those belonging to the Club or workgroup to which we belong; Either as instructors (coaching directors), coaches or especially as “agitators.”
In the words of Helmut Raiser: few people have what it takes to be instructors; Less have what it takes to be coaches and even less to be agitators. I agree with these words. In the role of instructors of some work group, it is easier for us than we are seeing them “bulls from the barrier”, to give us how much of the mistakes that the handler and his dog are making, and with a cold head, besides the panorama Complete we have; We can give accurate advice on the problem we are observing. When we are in the role of coaches, this is more difficult, especially if we are working with our own dog, which we demand more, and therefore it is more difficult to keep a cool head, and we can not observe the whole picture , We may be making involuntary errors that are affecting our animal’s performance. It is a good idea to ask someone in our group to film the work we are doing from time to time and then analyze it and realize the mistakes that I make when managing it.
To train a dog to compete, does not mean anything else to take him to the field to train and then to the competition, it means teamwork, where the group’s companions can help to point out the mistakes that are being made or help us to carry out Some exercises where helpers are needed, such as the exercise of leaving utility or Schutzhund, where our helper can put the object that motivates our dog to leave, without the dog realizing or seeing us go to place it, of course In the absence of a helper one can do it himself; Or in the standing walk, where the assistant can pull a strap tied to the dog’s stomach when he is ordered to stay, examples such as these may be many, the important thing is to realize that teamwork is better, always and When our team is well-intentioned people whose goal is to show the group and not just the staff.
During this series of chapters referred to the most important in bite work as “agitator” to differentiate it from the other assistants who have an assistant, but it really should be called helper also in the United States refers to them as “helpers “. This agitator must have a great understanding of how the dog’s mind works, but even the famous ability to recognize the signs that commands the dog and proceed according to them, especially when we are stimulating the defense drive which is dangerous because It is very close to the evasive attitude and could ruin a good prospect unable to identify the moment when we must give the dog a safety valve to release pressure torque which is being subjected. Or know at what time to apply more pressure, if the dog is asking for it. All this means that the agitator is actually helping the dog to overcome his fears and insecurities as he feels increasingly safe.
I think it is very important to make a parenthesis here, to clarify a belief that is very common, many people think that because your dog bites the suit or protective sleeve is already prepared to defend it on the street in a real situation. This is not necessarily true. Training a dog to bite is comparable to that we go to take a course of karate, for example, there we learn to hit, block strokes, etc., we can be black belt and be invincible in the matches or tournaments, where Situation is controlled. But when you go out into the street and have a real confrontation, things change drastically, since everything can happen there and there are no rules or referees; Then our instinct for conservation comes into play and we may avoid confrontation.
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