Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Sleeve preferences
One suggestion I would have would be for hubby to try on several different brands of sleeves, and ideally work a dog or two in them, before buying one. Different brands of sleeves are shaped somewhat differently with different barrel lengths, widths, and angles of the handle. So size (length and circumference of arm) as well as what hand position is most natural and comfortable in terms of the handle, can make a BIG difference with regard to what sleeve works for any individual person.
For example, we have a Schweikert 80 and 82. One of our helpers loves the 80, but ends up with scraped knuckles and raspberries if he works a dog in the 82, because of the way it fits his arm.
The angle of the handle (and thus of the bite bar presentation) on different models can be an issue. One angle may be perfect for one person, making a correct presentation easy, whereas that angle is just wrong for another person, making them have to consciously think about presenting the bitebar at the right angle because the way they generally hold their hand doesn't work well for that sleeve.
I personally love the Gappay, and on the occasions I work dogs our 10yo Gappay is far and away my favorite. But Gappay doesn't seem to be as durable as Schweikert and overall I think the Schweikert sleeves are made better than Gappay.. but the Schweikert handle angle is just wrong for me so I don't like using them.
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