Okay gang, Zoso my nearly 18 month old Mal has been training in Schutzhund once or twice a week just about every week for the last 2 months or so. I didn't initially intend for him to get into sport or anything, it just kind of happened because he needed an outlet that doesn't include coursing my Aussie mix like a hare at a good 25 mph and hauling him down to the ground by the neck. I didn't play tug with him at all up until he was 15-16 months when we started, but we have now. He pulls on a medium sized jute tug nicely and likes to tug on the Orbee ball. Our TD/helper got him nice and worked up last practice and so he thought we'd try the sleeve on him. He didn't have a puppy sleeve with him at the time, so he tried the adult sleeve and at one point, he kind of tossed it at him (not right at him, but near him). He immediately went into avoidence and tried to retreat behind me. Was the sight of a big clunky sleeve coming at him too much too soon? I'd love to get the Leerburg Drive, Grip, and Focus and the Preparing the Dog for the Helper DVDs, but my credit cards are taking a serious beating this month with my wedding 2 months away. Any ideas?