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Does anyone work their own dog here from time to time? What were the disadvantages or advantages you found in doing this? 

 

Are there any certain rules that you follow when working your own dog oppossed to someone elses dog? 

 

I have done a lot of work with my dog. Much of it was when I was very new to the sport, this slowed down the process of him learning correct technique. I also put conflict into the situation which I later had to dissolve. I feel if you really knew what you were doing from the start it shouldnt be a problem working your own dog. You will always eventually need to proof your work, but for teaching foundation and technique I think it could make the process of getting on other training decoys much smoother of a process for the dog. Especially if you keep it fun and make the process of learning technique enjoyable. 

 

What do other people think?



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just got done working both of mine by myself. I see no problem with it as I have done all of the work for my female from IPO 1 to Ring 1 and she still loves me. 



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I will occasionally work grip and certain prey exercises with my dog with a sleeve or suit jacket, i do not do alot of defensive or civil work with my own dog though, but that is just me. I don't see a problem with doing low stress protection training with your own dog, some people just do not have access to talented or capable decoys, so sometimes the best tool for working on certain behaviors, is yourself.

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I think this varies from dog to dog. I could have never worked my last dog Sylar in any fashion. It would have been really confusing for him...and he probably would have killed me. However, I work my wife's dog with no problem, and he has no conflict what so ever.

Ben, I remember thinking your dog seemed pretty clear in the work...

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Yea he is in general Mic. I used to think it was causing issues. Now that I look back on it, I dont believe it was. The problem I was getting was he was always looking back to me during the gaurding. I originally thought this was because of the work I had done in the suit with him. A few other people had told me it was causing this issue also. 

I have a little more insight now, a little more knowledge. I think the real issue was that he was out of balance. His drive coming back to me for the ball was overriding his drive to stay and focus on the man. Since Ive recognized this, the problem has gone away. Which leads me to believe, me being in the suit with him had nothing to do with it at all. If I had kept him in balance it wouldnt have been an issue. 



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I work my female all the time, dont see any issues. Short clip below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrghVLZuKRQ&list=UU56Lh8dKB03cl3GPI5A6WfQ&index=5&feature=plcp

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