Can we just talk about how useful this is but also how happy that dog is to be teaching us something. Look at that tail wag. Thank you puppy.
I… worry slightly about this. On one hand, I’m glad that the dog doesn’t seem stressed in demonstrating this maneuver. That’s good. Except I’m not an expert dog behavioralist, but from what I can tell, this dog is being positively enforced towards biting someone. The tail wag indicates that it is associating that experience with positive feelings and approval. And that’s a real bite. Look at the gear and how the teeth snag on the cloth.
So I worry about this dog in contexts other than a training session and biting someone who is NOT covered in padding. Is someone who has more knowledge on this able to confirm or deny their being able to teach the dog to differentiate between the two situations? I’ve just heard too much about police dogs and how they’re often socialized (the answer is badly) and horror stories about their disposition, so I worry when I see things like this.
That dog looks like it’s pretty well trained, so I’m thinking it’s not unlikely that it is 1. a working dog (police) and 2. trained enough to only bite/attack when instructed. It not being aggressive, it’s doing as it’s told. Any dog can bite a person. All pets bite. If a dog is trained to bite on command, then it is also trained not to bite at other times.
Ah, that’s all true. Thank you! I just get nervous ever since learning more about police dog practices, and so I’ve come to see any “attack dog” training scenario with a sense of skepticism and worry. That’s all.