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    I think Benji is not real high in prey drive, I have read some things that say that dogs with low prey drive are not real great for bite work, which is what I wanted to do with him.
    To give you an example I can chuck a ball and he will go look at it then not bring it back. I bought a flirt pole to try and bring it out in him, and he is getting better but he usually sits there and waits for it to come here. He does chase it half the time though. Do i just need to persist?
    Anyone know if this is a thing you can bring out in him or train him to do?
    He is 6 months old now is he a bit young or something.
    Any help appreciated.

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    I do not think that prey drive and chasing inanimate objects like balls are linked at all? I had a sighthound who would chase anything that was alive, but would look at me as if I was retarded if I threw a ball for her.

    But I don't know anything about bite work, so no actual advice here.

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    What specifially do you mean by "bite-work"?
    I have dogs with low prey drive, newfoundland dogs, I use capture/shaping to get them to do things they do not naturally do. Mine do loooooove food, which helps.
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    Same question as Newfsie.

    Also where are you located? and what breed is Benji?

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    Benji is a gsd bite work is protection work you know send him after the bloke with the bite sleeve or in real life the bloke climbing in your yard without a sleeve lol

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    I think it has been said in some other post and I tend to agree.
    That some dogs just ain't born witht hat in them and no matter what you do it wont change. So you might have to talk to someone that trains dogs as their job, as they may have way to get this going for you.

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    I do also need to ask: are you planning to do this with the support of a professional trainer?

    Also, what is your goal in getting your dog to learn bite work? My step-dad had GSDs and they were trained in bite work - at a certified dog training club - because he was a security guard and got paid for taking his guard dog to work.

    If there is no specific reason for you choosing this sort of training, maybe obedience would be a better option? Probably uses more of his brain too, which is always good with a clever GSD.

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    Which state are you located in?

    If you're determined to be doing bitework, providing you live in a state other than Victoria, I'd recommend you join a Schutzhund club. If you're planning on just buying a sleeve and going for it in your backyard then I really hope your dog doesn't develop any prey drive at all!

    If you can give us a rough location some of us may be able to recommend a good schutzhund club for you.

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    Bite work/ protection training/ sleeve work etc requires much more than just prey drive. It even requires the 'right' kind of prey drive. It also requires the right kind of temperament- nerves- and psychological suitability of the dog.

    I would strongly recommend that your dog be assessed by a competent trainer/ behaviourist. Which state are you in? Perhaps I could make some recommendations.

    In all I strongly recommend you think long and hard about your reasons/ need to do this kind of work with your dog. I have seen too many cases where the dog has been severely psychologically impacted and the results can be horrendous. Not to mention the legal considerations of having a protection trained dog.

    Dog sports may be a better option if you are looking to have fun with your dog- obedience/ shutz/ pro dog sport.

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    Are you in the security business? A friend of mine works security with his rotty and they did alot of tough training together! The dog cant be trusted as a family dog and can only be handled by the one person.

    Not saying there has ever been any incidence with the dog but with the amount of training and the type of training that is done you have to be very careful.
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