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Aug. 25th, 2005

I drove out to Dickinson tonight to see Freya. She's lost some weight and is really attacking the bite sleeve like crazy. She's really progressed a hell of a lot in the time she's been gone. I cut the trainer a check to buy a harder bite sleeve and a whip to hit her with. People seeing her train have apparently been asking to buy her. I'm psyched to hear it and see her go for the gusto. He wants to keep her for a couple more weeks apparently to get more work done. He was telling me that she should be able to get her BH by November, and possibly even the SchH1 title by then. I would be ecstatic if she got her BH in such a short time. I didn't get nearly enough time to play with her though; I've been missing her, but she'll be back soon enough.

My truck battery died while I was there. It just so happens that I had A) a completely brand new spare truck battery in the truck, B) my socket set, C) my combination wrenches, and D) a floodlight. Otherwise I'd have been FUCKED. Unfortunately it looks like my new battery spilled in my truck because there's at least one patch of the truck floor that's eroded away..

I gotta get the truck examined. but I don't have a running bike yet, so I'll have to wait. The powdercoater called me yesterday and said that a few of the parts I wanted done special would be weird because of rubber/plastic parts that can't go into the huge oven they use.. But he said they'd be done in a week or so. Also, my kickstarter and other parts arrived at the HD dealer so I can go pick them up some time soon, at which point I'll have some of them sent to be coated along with the front end of the bike after I reinstall the newly-coated rear parts. This bike is gonna look blacker than a panther when I'm done.

I snagged a couple of Nikon lenses in BR, along with the bellows. I need some more adapters and such to actually use the setup though. I'm eager to play around with it. But, my dad had thousands and thousands of dollars of Nikon stuff, and I couldn't find any of it. I want to know what happened to it..



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Aug. 25th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
harder bite sleeve - Check.

and a whip to hit her with???

Are you serious? Why would you EVER whip a dog? : (

Or have I got something befux0red in the dog-training terminology, of which I know nothing?
Aug. 25th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the whips, it's not really like it sounds at first. They're not going all Indonesian police on them or anything. It's to show which dogs are better for protection and which aren't.

In schutzhund, the helper wears a protective sleeve and provokes the dog to attack on the arm. He tries to scare the dog off of the attack by acting agressively and swinging a whip at it, and striking the dog with it after it bites to get it to release. If the dog is good, it will ignore the whip and stay on the bite until it is commanded to release. The term 'switch' would actually be a more precise term than 'whip', although in different levels of training, different types of whip are used, and some have a string on the end to make a "crack" sound, while others are just floppy sticks.
The force used to strike the dog with the whip is only light. Not enough to leave a mark on even human skin if the handler is doing it right. And to the dog it's just enough to feel it on its back and flank. The point of the whip strikes is to let the dog see the helper acting agressively and pretending to fight back to find out if the dog REALLY wants to hold onto the bite. It's not as tough to get a dog to bite someone who won't fight back. I spent way too much money on my dog and her vet bills to let some goober mess her up with too forceful of hits.

Here are some photos of some whips and helpers whipping with them.

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