Annie (Jimmy x Funny litter) hitting the sleeve at only 6 months. Photos by Pat Kennedy:
Do you usually start training bitework with a pup that young? I am so new at schutzhund…is bitework even a correct term???
Photo #4: I’ve seen jaws like that before—on a gator in the river! Annie is absolutely fantastic. Look at that movement in the bottom photo!
Pat, great shots!
Jennifer, bitework is the right term. Annie is really advanced for her age, she is quite exceptional!
You start training young pups as soon as they start showing interest in chasing objects this is prey drive. From there you work on building up their tug and firm grip.
Thanks Julie!! 🙂
All your puppies seem exceptional to me. I was just wondering if you ever have any pups not suited for work? I hope I’m saying that right…You know like a family companion that likes to go to dog classes once a week for fun.
I don’t think I worded all that right. I was trying to compliment you. You always seem to have such awesome pups. Sorry. I’ll go now and try to get my foot out of my mouth. Again sorry….
I am sorry I didn’t see your comment until now. You did not insult me. You have different ranges of drive in a litter. I also have some females that have much less drive. Ostara for example, we expect a “drivey” puppy from her to be the exception and not the norm. Of course the choice of sire will have some influence. Most dog people believe that the female has something more then 50% influence on the litter. Both sire and dam contribute 50% of their DNA, but the dam gets to further influence the puppies by raising them. Zucca also is another one of my females with less drive and her puppies are much easier to raise.