I am proceeding through training my first dog slowly and patiently. I used the Hillmann puppy dvd and now and following fowl dawgs. (and I have Lardyís Articles). So far so good.
Obedience went well, so did hold and now Iíve started FF. My question is, when I apply pressure to the dogís ear about half the time heíll go for the bumper. The other half he wants to go for my hand that is pinching with an open mouth. Not real aggressively, kind of in a way of trying to tell me to stop rather than bite me.
Is this a sure sign Iím using too much pressure? For what itís worth my instinct tells me Iím not using too much but Iím not sure. Iíve just stayed calm and managed to get the bumper in the mouth most of the time and praise him. Itís been 3 sessions but he seems persistent on protesting.
For what it's worth, I'm not in a position or mindset to seek a pro right now as I often see that advice.
Thanks for any thoughts.