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Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

I officially put on a sleeve for the first time last night. What an interesting perspective!

Would love to really get into helper work but as I'm sure you have noticed in pictures/video I am just not strong enough, nor will I ever be. I'm a wimpy little thing.

But I'd recommend everyone doing it at least once.

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Re: Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

I've had the chance to do that too! And I'm not a little thing, but my back would never stand up to catching and swinging those dogs!

Isn't it fun? Sorta makes you feel invincible and all powerful at some level. And it really, really made me appreciate the skill and effort the helpers bring into their craft.

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Re: Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

I've put on a sleeve a few times, I was taught a nice skill to use al my upper body and not the arm to support the weight of the dogs and then I started really enoying it. But what I've done more times is the bite suite and that is real fun! Even when it does not protect you as much as a sleeve and you end up all bruised.

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Re: Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

The clubs I worked at had us suit up. I have done all except for the long bite....


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Re: Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

Man, all of you are very brave people. Haha. I think my 5'1" frame wouldn't be able to handle a dog running, jumping at, and latching on to it!

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Re: Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

I participated in a helper seminar a couple of years ago. We had to do all the different parts of the SchH protection routine. If I would have been a bit smoother, I would have certified at Basic level, but they put me at entry level. Not sure why, looking at the definition. I completed the seminar and evaluation, and have a helper book..., but now I have a bum knee and probably couldn't take the physical stress. I will put on a sleeve and give a dog a bite, no problem there... and I enjoy it. I also figure that it gives me a different perspective for my training.

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Re: Look out for me on the backhalf at '10 nationals

I do helperwork, both sleeve and suit, pretty much every week. I love it! Lots of fun and definitely gives you a different perspective and way to develop different skills and understanding. Though I can't say I'm fond of the giant bruises that appear a couple days later after suit work.


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I've done it too and I loved it! But like you, I'm just a little thing and not strong enough.

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I'll let a girl work my dog for fun/playing load the blinds or to get to learn the perspective on the helper side of things or puppy stuff. But sorry gals unless your freak of nature ya ain't working my dog.

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Originally Posted By: JokerI'll let a girl work my dog for fun/playing load the blinds or to get to learn the perspective on the helper side of things or puppy stuff. But sorry gals unless your freak of nature ya ain't working my dog.
That's okay, Joker, most "girls" are busy with school, and homework, and such.

But there are a lot of ladies and experienced women trainers out there who would do just fine, I am sure.

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