'Bite Club': Training your pets when and how to bite

The SouthBay Working Dog Club is not your run-of-the-mill training group. Here, the dogs are taught to bite on purpose.

David Wright and his wife Karin Chan Wright, professional dog trainers who run the club in Gardena every Tuesday night, say the club is geared toward working dogs including German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois.

The couple says all the dogs they work with have been evaluated and accepted into the club. The dogs have also undergone obedience training.

David and Karin say teaching a dog when to charge, bite and when to let go is part protection and part sport. Not everyone agrees with the training, including the spcaLA, which says: "For the average dog owner this is not an avenue that will create a well socialized calm and friendly pet."

Club members like Yvonne Dean disagree.

She brings her German Shepherd puppy every week and says "For me, I love the sport and kind of fell in love with it. Now I have a dog that loves it just as much as I do."

The SouthBay Working Dog Club is certified by the PSA - the Protection Sports Association. It includes 15 official members and has an annual membership of $400.

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