Simple question: Why does the decoy guy pet Connor and say "good boy" as he is biting the sleeve?
Joyce that's the exact same question I was going to ask! I couldn't figure out the head stroking - I'd be afraid of losing a hand!
Demo, how long was it before you saw that major improvement? It happened around 4:55 in the video, but I'm sure it was longer than that. If not, I expect miraculous results when Inara and I come visit in July!
On June 29 2007, 7:36 AM, maberi wrote:I am also totally impressed with how hard Connor goes into the decoy. I guess that is why the decoy uses a swinging movement once Connor makes contact so he can transfer some of that force away from his body.
On June 29 2007, 10:00 AM, mnp13 wrote:that last post "by me" was by Demo.
"someone" forgot to sign me off.
On June 29 2007, 8:18 PM, iluvk9 wrote:Two more questions: Do the decoys get paid to do this? Are they "trained"?
On June 29 2007, 9:21 PM, katiek0417 wrote:On June 29 2007, 8:18 PM, iluvk9 wrote:Two more questions: Do the decoys get paid to do this? Are they "trained"?
Decoys are typically not paid...they're the "dummies" that get dressed up and let dogs bite them...
Most do not have to pay club dues, though.
Most decoys are trained to catch dogs. PSA for example, has a decoy camp every year in all 3 regions...
Greg is, however, a PSA certified decoy (was actually one of the original 3 decoys for PSA), and we have been very lucky to get guys in who want to not only learn how to catch dogs, but also certify....
Demo, this is an interesting way of you teaching this. Michelle and I were talking about Connor and gunfire the other morning. I am having a similar (not exactly the same) problem with Nisha. When she is heeling, she can hear gunfire, and not even look away from me...however, gunfire during the long down makes her break. However, she doesn't go for the decoy. She runs to me. She's not afraid of the gunfire (you can fire continuously while she's heeling, and she doesn't care, you can fire while she's in the grip, and she bites harder)...
So, what I've been doing is standing with her, putting my foot on the leash, then taking one step away for every gun fire...if she holds the down, she gets her tug...I've gotten to about 4 feet away, and I'll probably start using a long line on her to get further....after a while, though, I will just tie her to a tree, and if she gets up, let her correct herself...
Connor is looking good. He is "talking" less on the bite than he was last summer. Awesome work. I LOVED seeing him "get it"!!
that vid is great--i love how you can see the progression.
and i also love that connor barks while he's got a grip on the sleeve!
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