I have to keep it fun with Sabrina or she'll get her airplane ears on.
You just described what I have recently discovered. Brooklyn will be 12 months old in a couple weeks and is starting to get light pressure with (schutzhund) obedience.
For example, when we taught the sit out of motion, I had someone walking behind me holding the leash attached to her prong. I'd say sit, she'd sit, and if she broke, she would get a light pop and I would put her back into sit. This probably happened a total of five times and she gets it. However
, I can tell she feels pressured. Her ears go into "airplane" ears. I try to keep obedience fun, but it is clear she is thinking hard or slightly unhappy when she isn't next to me.
My bigger concern is the platz out of motion. She doesn't fully get it yet without a ton of hand help, and it is especially worse when we are training out on the field. She breaks a ton. I have taken some steps back and gotten more basic, but know that she is going to need some pressure to stay in the platz.
I don't want airplane ears when we get to trial level. My question is- will this go away as she gets more comfortable with the exercises? I don't think we can get through learning schutzhund obedience with zero corrections. Second question is- do judges recognize the airplane ears as meaning the dog feels pressured? I don't want to be dinged for my dog looking unhappy during certain exercises. I will add that, heeling, etc is all fantastic, no airplane ears. Just the sit and down out of motion.