I was introduced to Bitework is an activity or a game that consists of biting and dropping a toy on cue. Cued Bites and cued Drops (and Gives) can be used to teach and in Germany in 2003 while hanging out with Marcus Wolff. In his kitchen I watched him doing bite and drop work with his Malinois, Cato. I remember the quote vividly,”There is no such thing as a suicide rabbit.”
It’s clever, right? But what does it mean?
Rabbits always run away from the dog; prey always tries to escape the predator. That’s the game, “You run away and I get you.” Those images or spoof videos of the cat standing up to the dog or the bird terrifying the cat?
That works because the crazy cat or the crazy bird isn’t acting like prey. They run at the predator, jump and scream in his face. Instead of fleeing in terror, they get too close for comfort and show no fear. What’s a predator to do?
When presenting a bite to a dog, move it sharply away from her face as if it’s trying to get away, like prey.
A rabbit that jumps into a dogs mouth is suicidal. The discs that you jam towards your dog’s face are suicide rabbits – they’re crazy! Nothing will devalue or kill a weak bite faster than delivering suicide rabbits.
Unfortunately, many people who are tugging for increased drive are totally unaware of this natural fact and offer their dog suicide rabbits as drive building exercises and for improving the bite. Many dogs who “Don’t like to bite,” really only don’t like to bite suicide rabbits.
Get that thing moving away from the dog like prey and that dog that doesn’t like to bite and tug just might jump all over it.