When did i want to? I guess immediately, but i was intimidated because i didnt know ****
. I started not long after though maybe a few months. I was lucky we had two very seasoned helpers and for a few months all we did was work trained dogs. It was like football practice running drills.
Working on presentation, the speed of it , position etc. Escape bites over and over, drives, bite drive out, bite, drive, out over and over. Long bites again and again. They'd make us run across the field and yell for us to turn around, theyd sent the dog already
so it was turn and react.
When the mechanics were great amd safety in all situations was there, then they started teaching the actual ttaining stuff. Mechanics were easy, catching dogs is fun. The faster the better.
But the training takes a long time and the learning doesn't really ever end.
What did i gain? Well at first i was watching my dog do stuff and they always got them to do what they wanted. Then i tried and dogs didnt respond to me like they did for them. So then i stopped staring at my dog so much and watched them and how the dog responded.
Learning why, and how different dogs responded to different things taught me relatively early on to reaaly read my dogs and it helped in all facets, ob protection tracking, and just hanging out at home. Seeing the dog both sides of the leash has been invaluable. Maybe its just experience and time in general, but learning to be a helper i think really forced me, and gave me the opportunity to really get much deeper into dog training than just do this because it works type stuff. I always want to know "why"