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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Have you ever seen a female helper?

Are they out there? I've never seen any in Germany, are there any in the states?

If not... I may be the first one to be. I am seriously thinking about becoming a helper. I've been watching for so long, I know how to build up dogs, that's actually something I've learned and why not taking it a step further? I've got a 78 year old helper that would be willing to teach me and I know I can learn a heck of a lot from that man. He's a gem!!!

Anyone else ever thought about becoming a helper?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 08:16 AM
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there are a couple female WDA schutzhund helpers in the states
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there are a couple female WDA schutzhund helpers in the states
That is awesome. I've never ever seen any female helpers over here. They might exist but not in my area and a 200 km radius, that's for sure.
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I was stationed in Germany for 6 years (Grafenwoehr and Bamberg area) and I never saw one either. I still go to Germany about every two months to buy dogs for the military. I love it over there, dog clubs every corner it was great.
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They aren't common in the US, but there certainly are female helpers out there. More training helpers than trial helpers, though I do know of a few women classified as trial helpers through USA and other organizations. A nearby SDA club has 2 female decoys who also work their trials. I've done a fair amount of helperwork myself, and we have another woman in our club who's stepping up to learn some helperwork as well. Anne (Vandal) is one of the hands down best helpers out there of any gender.


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Anne (Vandal) is one of the hands down best helpers out there of any gender.
Yep, I saw this thread and that was the first name that came to my mind. I believe there are videos out there of her doing helper work. Check her website.

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I've thought about it, but it's a time commitment issue for me. At this point, I'm just more committed to focusing on my own dogs in all three phases. I will definitely do it a few times to get a better appreciation, and wouldn't mind running out of a blind when teaching dogs to run blinds. I would have no desire to become a trial helper or anything like that. If I wasn't so focused on training my own dogs (and already short on time!) it would interest me.
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Anne (Vandal) is one of the hands down best helpers out there of any gender.
I'll second that. She is also one of the most giving.

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