As I headed to a training session last week with my dog bouncing all over the back of my SUV I couldnt help but wonder why he looks so forward to his training.........if it is supposed to be as real as possible.
Is it because he just flat out likes to fight? Because he gets to bite something fighting back? Is it the high he gets from the intense exercise? The praise he gets from me? Does he look at this as a game that he and I do as if we're going to a football game? Should I be doing this if he looks at this as entertainment?
Don't get me wrong-he'll definitely bite for real but I have to be honest and say that his senses are super heightened to movement and body language when he is working. His adrenaline is flowing through his veins like a rushing river in anticipation of a fight with a decoy.
If training is to be real as in as close to real as possible then the very nature of training as a routine becomes less real the more it is done-even biting equipment. It has me thinking-once the dog is proven, could training have the opposite effect? Would it be better to allow the dog to live out its life as a companion and only test the dog in the home and in quiet places based on secnario work only?