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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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What's with the "shhhing" sound?

Okay, so I am trying to learn as much as possible about SchH in the next few months before I start taking Stark out to the club to train and I have a kind of silly question...

What is with all the "shushing" sounds the helper does?

What is the point of them and when and why do they make them?

Just curious as I couldn't find any information online about it.

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I believe its to keep the dogs attention on the helper and to keep the dog barking and focused.
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Don't know, never heard our helpers do that?

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Never heard it - must be something your helper came up with on his own.....

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I know what you mean, not sure what it's for. We sometimes do it in obedience when rewarding/playing with the dog (I make a little "pshew pshew" sound when I flip the ball away from the dog's mouth).
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I've seen helpers hiss too, usually in the blind. I think that a hiss coupled with a good stare and posture makes the helper seem more threatening and draws attention up to the face? Maybe it helps the helper feel more threatening and create the right body posture?

I also make noises when I snatch the ball, I'm not sure that it has any real purpose other than me making sound effects for my actions? You know...like little boys that make racecar noises when they run? It helps me feel like I'm doing something more exciting, so I present a more exciting picture to the dog? Thinking out loud...

I don't know I'll have to ask.

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I see it a lot with those using a flirt pole too.. making that "shusshing" sound.

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I notice that too but never commented on it, lol.

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Like the whip, the noise is used to enhance a prey object so it becomes a bigger attraction to the dog. If a helper has to hiss to get a dog to bark in the blind, the dog should not be in the blind because he does not understand the hold and bark. I see lots of people doing that in the blind though , so, in today's SchH, that makes it right.


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I've seen helpers make noises as they move back and forth with young dogs or while doing some agitation work, but I've never seen it done in the blind..

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