mnp13 wrote:dogcrazyjen wrote:Encouraging an owner who cannot control a dog who aggressively bites to do PP work seems to me a recipe for disaster.
I agree with this statement. The aggression is the first thing to address. Once obedience is solid and the 'issues' are under control the dog could be evauated for PP training.
I'm sure Mike and his mentor Nelson would never do PP training with a dog that was not completely under control and responsibly handled.
Absolutely!!!! My old trainer typically does not allow a dog to start PP work until it has a VERY high level of obedience. His one exception was Sacha...we worked on the PP and obedience together...but she was different...she was a lab...There wasn't a threat of her biting someone (I mean, honestly...heck, I'm lucky she bites the sleeve now).
My current trainer starts bitework with puppies, and does not start obedience until much later...she's been biting since she was 6 weeks old, but has only JUST started obedience (she's 9 months old) but I have socialized my puppy from day one (asking people to touch her, handle her, taking her places where there are lots of people).
I also know other dogs, though, who have bitten people...and ONLY after they have gotten that aggression out of the dog, and have the dog under complete control will they start bitework. They have found, though, that the dog will no longer do it....