• Michael D'Abruzzo

    May 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Where is the nearest Ring Club?… I see the biggest challenge will be keeping Toro in prey when the French Ring agitator is no longer acting like prey. He is such a lover with the agitators he is used to, it would be interesting to see how he would be with another experienced agitator that he has no connection with – you wouldn’t want him slipping even a little into defense with how vulnerable french ring agitators are. At least with us if he thinks he is REALLY (not just or fake screams) hurting us he lets go!

    I just don’t envision him as a dog that enjoys “fighting” a person unless it is VERY clearly a game.

    That being said, I think he has as much or more natural working prey drive than most and I think he could hurt someone badly, even if they were wearing a full suit (a normal one – not one with 5 layers and bite bars Velcroed on), if he really thought someone was trying to hurt you (take it from the guy who wears like 5 layers of protective equipment when taking bites from him), and think he is smart enough to know what’s not protected.

    So I guess what I am saying is that if he knows the agitator he is going to enjoy the game in prey, but not so much when it seems like a real fight but at least wont purposely try to hurt him. But, if he doesn’t know the agitator I think it would be even harder to get him into prey mode if the agitator isn’t acting like prey and would be like playing with dynamite playing with a defensive route against him or worse you.

    I am beginning to think that many dogos are like this and is why you don’t see them that much in sport unless it is with a trainer who is up for the challenge. I can say for sure that Toro has one of the most unique working temperaments that I dealt with. It is very raw like he would rather be hanging on a boar and getting mostly love from us humans unless there is a REAL reason to break the taboo of biting a human which luckily he has proven to show a lot of restraint.

    The hardest bite I ever got from Toro was the first one I ever took which is also when I think he realized how much he hurt me! Then what does he want to do, come over and act like a puppy and love me.

    If you had a mal that represents mals the way Toro represents dogos I think you could win the ring nationals in one shot at this point!

    What are your thoughts?