|03-09-2014 11:38 AM|
|Baillif||Depends. If you have good resources like a great helpers or decoys who can work your dog then no probably not. If you dont and have to work your own dog mostly and then expose them to other decoys when you can then yeah youre going to need to understand that part of things. People usually start out working dogs that are not competing anymore till they at least learn the basics and get safe about things before they release the good dogs on you.|
|03-09-2014 09:16 AM|
First of all I always say thank you to my decoys after they get done working my dog. I know it is very physically challenging.
Second thing; I have never wanted to be a decoy. But I want to be a great handler and learn as much reading dogs as I can. I often wonder if I need to work some dogs on the other end to fully appreciate what is going on. I have no interest in messing up someone else's dog through bad or inexperienced helper work so I have never even given it a try. Are all good handlers expected to also be helpers at some point?
|03-09-2014 01:53 AM|
|Baillif||For a lot of them I swear they like you more after they get to bite and crank on you for a while.|
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|03-09-2014 01:46 AM|
|Baillif||With the sport dogs I work they don't need you out of the suit to make friends. You can pet them hug them pick them up while in the suit. They attack when told.|
|03-09-2014 01:44 AM|
|03-09-2014 01:41 AM|
That's not too bad, but yeah semi comp on a hard biter is not fun. I've still got a swollen forearm a little more than a month later from forearm bites through a practice suit. It looked like Popeyes forearm for a while and was wondering if I should pay a visit to a doctor. There's still a little spot of swelling and fluid in there I can move around.
Brem of you have a bond with the dog they'll kinda push it till you say stop. Once you've got protection they forget your body is behind it either that or stop caring. If your dog was trained and had his jaw conditioned to really bite you'd be in deep trouble doing something like that.
|03-09-2014 01:38 AM|
After being a chew toy for a while, do you de-suit and go say hello to the dogs? Give em a good rub and scratch their ears? They aren't dumb and have to know that they were gnawing on you at some point, do the dogs ever give you the stink-eye?
|03-09-2014 01:33 AM|
|Zeeva||This is a very eye opening post...thanks|
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