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For those who don't know French Ring Sport, don.t worry, the decoy must absolutely never hit the dog to hurt it. Is she hitting his knee because she is new to the game, I wonder, or is the American version of the sport a tad less straight to the point than the French?
A comment from her breeder "[...] she is learning to handle a stick right across her face during the entry plus taking the pivot leg instead of the moving leg, and it is her first time being scooped under the neck during the bite."So from this I deduce that going after the pivot leg is preferred rather than the crotch. Perhaps it is preferred only @ this early stage of training. Some Bouvs will bite high, i.e. shoulders, etc.
More info from the breeder:"All ring dogs are taught to bite the pivot leg because they will lose tons of points if they go for the moving leg. The judge hits his stopwatch as soon as the dog is close enough to the decoy to bite and the dog is penalized for each second it is not "in grasp". Of course, dogs are naturally more attracted to the leg that is moving, so they need specific exercises for learning the pivot leg.I have never heard of a dog being intentionally taught to bite crotches. [snip] Crotch biting is [...] more common in dogs who have broken teeth or maybe a sore neck and have difficulty getting a good grip when their head is turned [snip] The athletic skill of decoys is constantly on the rise and now some dogs are being taught to go upper body. I have not seen them taught this way in person, but I am told that it is essential to not teach them the flying entry the way they do in schutzhund, but to teach the dog to come in low and go up to the upper body at the last moment to avoid the decoy being able to predict the dog's trajectory and rotate away like a bullfighter, causing a miss and lost time.[snip] I think when the intention is to teach upper body it is almost always done after the legs are taught because dogs tend to like to come upper body more once they learn it, so if they learn it first, it is harder to teach legs after...or so I am told."