Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central Virginia
A lot of helpers will discourage this--in a trial, it is only a problem if the dog tries to "grapple" after an out--that will cause problems.
As far as helpers who stop dogs from doing it during a bite, there are several possible reasons why the helper seeks to stop it--for some dogs, if they are grappling, they start mouthing on or moving the bite or not biting as hard. Even in police work (especially in police work?) a moving bite is bad--on a suspect, it means more injuries, more damage, and more liability concerns or concerns of inappropriate use of force.
Some dogs will get in an unclear headspace if they are grappling--then they may lose their obedience and refuse to out.
Other times, the helper doesn't like it bc it is hard to move, so they don't let the dog do it. The problem is, of course, that this discourages the dog from really *fighting* the helper. Again, this can be a points issue--if the dog isn't letting the helper move, it's harder to give the prescribed display to the judge and maybe the dog doesn't get full points.... I would hope that most people don't think this way--but some do.
Most of the time, decoys and judges think that a dog that is pulling behind the arm back behind the helper is avoiding the stick hits--so you can lose points on that if the judge decides the dog is trying to avoid the fight by pulling the decoy around.
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