After approximately 3 weeks on-site as a group, Canine Eudoris® 1, 2, 3, and 4 began to take bite work seriously. Their high fight drive emerged very much like Eudoris® Actual and I noticed very minimal equipment fixation. The video below shows what you would typically see in puppies around the same age in developing bite work. It is an example of the sport dog mindset that prevails in bite work.
Now compare the Morton/Method example below. The puppies are 3-4 months of age. I work the fight, not the grip.
Fight Drive – Fight drive is what keeps the canine engaged in biting with poise, with confidence, with heart. Defense Drive is a delicate balance between caution and fear. Think of a guy who doesn’t like to fight, won’t start a fight, but will not backdown when threatened. Defense puts a little fear into the battle, and keep that k9 sharp. Sharp suggests an acute, sensitive, alert, penetrating quality.
Understand though, too much fear, i.e defense, can cause the canine to bail/run away. Too much defense in a canine can be counterproductive if training is not developed in stages.
Now, keeping in mind the above and the fact that the clone pups involved in the following two incidents took place when they were only 4 months old!
Canine Tactical 04/2017: Location – clone kennel common area. Clones just turned 4 months old. Lets call this individual Eric Spaghetti, who entered common area where Canine Eudoris® 2, 3, 4 reside to put a lock on one of the outdoor kennels. This individual was unfamiliar to the clones and provided care for the other dogs in the kennel. Within seconds, as a pack, they began to engage Mr. Spaghetti until he escaped through the common area door.
Canine Tactical 04/2017: Location – External CTAC Facility – Assistant to the Trainer (James – Jamey – Jim – Jimmy) – Clones just turned 4 months of age. Eudoris® 1, 2, 3, 4, and said individual were walking external and the ‘pack’ turned on Jamey. Yes, I immediately tried to redirect clones to chase a ball with no success. So, I grabbed a camera instead and took this shot:
Shadow Night incident reports 04/05/2017: Location: Eudoris®6 – NW Iowa. Every time Canine Eudoris®6 was exposed to stimulus, in these cases stimulus is handler working puppy development. Eudoris®6 would turn on handler and engage in any area he could grab: arms, stomach, chest or thigh. Video below allows you to have a visual idea. E10 Shown in video.
Once the clones experience the stimulus to fight, the drive is so high that they ultimately zone out on whomever they could grab, and if it’s the handler, so be it. The personality of each canine began to emerge and the pack dictated their behavior in the group. Those that had a stronger inherent desire to bite propelled and the less aggressive chose to play with a ball. Therefore, a ‘rearrangement’ of Eudoris®2, 3 and 4 was in order, along with individual training because as a pack they became dangerous to employees and family. We decided to start odor imprint.
At 4 months of age we started to teach the clones to focus on the ball being the “golden nugget”. Why is this difficult? Because the Eudoris® brand don’t have much ball drive, they have high hunt. But they had enough interest in possession to create a reward. I prefer verbal praises, but the ball is really used to re- direct the canine after finaling at a source. The video below shows how I get these high hunt canines to establish some kind of value in the tennis ball. Note: hallway is used to keep them contained and focused. The light is very low to kept from going too visual.
Define Possession: the state of having, owning, or controlling something
Define Hunt: search determinedly for someone or something
The reason I do not like training high possession canines to hunt: Typically they are slow, will not last very long in a search deployment, are easily distracted (visual) and have problems letting go of the bite/ball.
The reason I prefer training canines with high hunt and minimal possession: Longer search stamina, reliable, independent, and easier to train. And, if trained properly at the foundation stage, the bite release will be manageable by handlers (on their own). An important skill that is learned during a course.
At 4 months of age I certainly wasn’t expecting anything amazing, but that being said, I did get something amazing: Consistency.
Define Consistency: conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness
Issue: Eudoris®3, who surfaced as the pack leader early on, always wanted to do what he wanted to do and was not consistent on hunt for the ball concept (a mentality where the tennis ball has value). Since I was traveling to MA for the 3rd Annual CTAC and K9 Seminar, I decided to take Eudoris®3 with me and put him under my wing 24/7. The plan was to expose him to a different environment/sight picture all together and help him ‘readjust’ his top dog mentality, redirect his focus, and learn to work effectively.
Ultimately, it worked. Refer to video below and notice the time stamp 5-16-17 while other clones in the video above were already on corners….with Eudoris®3, I started him on hides first and then brought him to boxes. In the process of handling and training a canine with a different personality or a pack leader mentality, it was important to be flexible in my methods.
NEXT MONTH NEWSLETTER, QUICK GRAB: At 6 months of age, I incorporate the muzzle work before I start suit work. I want to keep building the fight drive at this age.
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