08-10-2013, 08:55 PM
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Are you working with a club? How old is your dog?
Have you properly built his bite?
Some dogs don't have a natural full mouth grip. So you teach them how. I like bite pillows to start. It helps target, plus it gives a comfortable surface. Jute is my favorite, synthetic works ok.
If his nerves are stable enough for bitework, and the letting fo is not a fear issue, work on building him up to keep his grip. You want a full mouth, all the way back to his throat.
Playing tug ( as long as he isn't teething) and letting him win will help this. Don't pressure him much. Always give in before he let's go. Soon as he wins it, reach back in, tug, let him win. Then build this up so he keeps a full grip.
Bitework is best built in stages, using tugs, pillows, puppy sleeves, on up to hard sleeves and hidden sleeves depending on which direction you go.
If you advance farther than he is ready, you can end up with a chewy dog, typewriter bites, or stressed out dogs. Also it should be a game until his bite is finished. Once he is confident, and has proper bite you can begin with defense drive, adding pressure as he is ready.