All the videos and photos I've seen of police or military German Shepherds show them pulling at the leash, restrained from attacking suspect, prisoner, etc.
All the articles and books I've read about training dogs states that a well-trained dog will never tug on the leash, especially after being given the command to heel or halt.
So are these police dogs supposed to be doing this, as an intimidating factor, and therefore are NOT trained to stop pulling at the leash?
All the videos and photos I've seen of police or military German Shepherds show them pulling at the leash, restrained ... supposed to be doing this, as an intimidating factor, and therefore are NOT trained to stop pulling at the leash?

My German Shepherd "Tidus" never use to pull on his leash when he was younger. Now he does quite often, I thought he was just naturally going to be obediant when it came to that. Boy was I wrong. He was just naturally shy when he was young, and after I enforced his socialization he started liking new people and places and now he tugs to get to where he wants..Now my problem is if I dicipline him for tugging he may relate that to me not wanting him to be socialiable
All the videos and photos I've seen of police or military German Shepherds show them pulling at the leash, restrained ... supposed to be doing this, as an intimidating factor, and therefore are NOT trained to stop pulling at the leash?

i'd assume that the training books you've read are not designed for training police dogs? i think they want the dogs as excited as possible about doing their job, which means they need to be in a high modified prey drive. excited dogs are going to pull. besides, how intimidating would a calm polite dog be to a fleeing suspect? :-)
-kelly
My dog constantly pulls on the leash when working. Its not a GSD but its a protection breed. Caucasian Mountain Dog.
I believe you are right and it has alot to do with the drive of the dog. The eagerness to work and being on edge all the times.
All the videos and photos I've seen of police or military German Shepherds show them pulling at the leash, restrained ... that a well-trained dog will never tug on the leash, especially after being given the command to heel or halt.

This is a completely different type of training than the training involved in a working dog such as for the military or police functions you mentioned in your first paragraph.
So are these police dogs supposed to be doing this,Yes.

as an intimidating
factor, and therefore are NOT trained to stop pulling at the leash?Correct. What you see as the intimadating factor though, is strictly on the part of the human observer. What the dog is really doing is showing eagerness in what it's been taught to enjoy.[/nq]When they're taught to work, it's different than normal leash behavior that's expected for the average family dog going for a walk. To the dog, working is a joy and what they live for. Unfortunately too many novices think of this aspect of it as cool, (I'm not referring to you specifically) and don't realize there is a whole lot more to it. First and foremost, the dog has to exhibit the proper personality/temperment for this type of work.

An aggressive dog is not the proper candidate any more than a shy one. As important as being able to train a dog to this high level of training is also the equally important aspect of being able to shut the dog off. Added to that is the need to continually keep up the training and it's not something most novices are capable of doing. It's a lot of long hours of hard work, dedication and skills.

Terri

All Scottish food is based on a dare.
All the articles and books I've read about training dogs states that a well-trained dog will never tug on the ... supposed to be doing this, as an intimidating factor, and therefore are NOT trained to stop pulling at the leash?

Enthusiasm in encouraged in tracking and is not meant to be intimidating (successful bad guys don't look backwards while they're running away, anyway).
My dogs pull on a harness when they're doing tracking stuff, but don't pull on a regular collar. That's the theory, anyway.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.