One thing I am really worried about is that once we start protection training, the helper puts too much pressure on the dog because she's a natural. If you have a natural, green dog that is biting hard and has a grip like a cement block how do you build them up without a helper getting all excited and a little overboard?
It's one thing that really really worries me is that the helper disregards my wishes because I've never titled a dog before, puts too much pressure on a young, green dog just because they want to see how far they can go and just because they think they can take it.
So how much say should the helper have in how much pressure he puts on the dog? And how would you, as a helper react if somebody like me would tell you that I do not want him to put pressure on the dog since she's green and that I want her to be built up slowly and pressure built up slowly as well?
Have someone who has experience watch the helper work your dog, and make sure that it is in fact too much pressure for the dog. There are a lot of subtleties to working a dog, and sometimes the helper has the best read on when to pressure and when to yield. Just to verify your perceptions as accurate, another opinion and set of eyes can never hurt.
Regardless of the opinions of others, whether they are other handlers, or the helper, a good helper will respect your wishes, and work the dog in accordance with your comfort level. Trust your gut instincts, since it is your dog, if the helper does not work the dog the way you want, find another helper, if you have the option.
It is the job of the helper to build the dog's confidence, not break it. The helper's role in protection work is to build confidence in the dog by allowing it to win...at some point, pressure is applied, but that is where the experience level of the helper comes in, and that pressure is applied judiciously, appropriate for the age and character of the dog.