Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Yes, Sue, agree with showing them different scenarios so if something happens in a trial the dog knows how to respond plus, doing different things, IMO, keeps the dogs fresher. You will never trial in a hay mow, but we train there. Never trial in a horse stall or the woods, but we train there. My helpers fall on the ground, pressures the dogs in other ways. That is just good training.
The petting and jaw grabbing are often done just out of habbit and for no practical purpose. They do it on one dog so it should be done on all dogs or they saw it done by other trainers so it must be a good idea for all dogs. Helpers may differ, but many just do things because it is what they do or because others do it without considering the dog they are working.
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