In the early stage when we learn young dogs to bite the suit, we use the rubber tiles. In this way we learn them the right place for their attack/biting. In KNPV rules is discribed what the preferent biting places are, the arm and the leg. To make the attack as sure as possible it should be the upperarm or the leg under the knee. In that the dog should block the body of the decoy(suspect).Andres Martin said:Questions for Dick van Leeuwen.
Why are the tiles are placed on the arm? What other places does one use tiles? When do you make the decision to use them? When do you stop? From how far do you set up the bites? Which bites do you set up first and why? When do you move from one bite to the next (away, frontal, etc)?
Anticipated thanks for your information.
The tiles can be placed on the underarm and/or body (like a body protector), so the dog learns to make his attack only at the upperarm.
In other places covered with tiles it is difficult to bite(sometimes the bounces off) so the dog rewards hisself by biting in the place we want him to.
Other places where tiles could be placed is high on the leg and low (near the ankle)so when the dog is biting at the leg, he will bite inbetween the two tiles.
This way a dog will learn in an early stage the right place to bite.
The first distance is putting the dog at the suite by holding him by the collar and making him bite where you want him to.
Later, letting hem go at a distance of about 5 meters. When its stabile from a distance, you expand the distance step by step.
When you know/see the dog "knows" his place to bite, you can test once and a while what will happen without tile. Not to often and in an to early stage, because you will make the dog smart in a wrong way... :wink:
I hope I am clear enough in my "criple English" to make you understand what I mean :wink: