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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2014, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Helper Work looks like Fun

I'm not asking people to critique the dog. But it really looks like that this guy is having fun pretending to be the bad guy. Or at least he seems pretty enthusiastic. Am I wrong here? Is helper work fun? They are called helpers, right? What is it like to be a helper? I know I am pretty inexperienced to this stuff but it sure does look like a lot of fun pretending to be the bad guy and experiencing the dog's power in a safe procedure. But yeah, I'm sure it wouldn't be fun if a dog actually bit into your flesh.

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I couldn't get the link to come up. Seems like it would be interesting. I think you are referring to decoys?


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yes, in IPO they are called "helpers"




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hidden sleeve/no out = not fun for the helper/decoy. This dog seemed to know the routine. The video looked like an ad for the stud? There is more to being a helper/decoy than yelling and making movement. Reading the dog, less if none body movement and using facial expression alone can be very effective. I think it would be fun! Great rush, but my body is too old to catch dogs safely, but blind work may be doable for an oldster that can't run fast.

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I couldn't get the link to come up. Seems like it would be interesting. I think you are referring to decoys?
The link works for me. I wonder why it's not working for you? That's odd. It's a helper acting all bad in front of a dog.

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hidden sleeve/no out = not fun for the helper/decoy. This dog seemed to know the routine. The video looked like an ad for the stud? There is more to being a helper/decoy than yelling and making movement. Reading the dog, less if none body movement and using facial expression alone can be very effective. I think it would be fun! Great rush, but my body is too old to catch dogs safely, but blind work may be doable for an oldster that can't run fast.
It could be an ad for the dog but I'm more interested in the helper. He makes it look like so much fun. I wish I could at least have a go at doing it one day. You can do facial expressions alone to provoke a dog? Wow.
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An exceptional helper can walk onto the field and dogs will react. They just have a look about their body language that tells the dog, "this is someone I must be concerned with".

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I think a "helper" has to really know dogs and be in really good shape. Something that's learnt in years of experiance , impressive to watch.

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Hey Yoshi, why don't you go back here and ask them if you can put a sleeve on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqQM...wV8IHg&index=3

If you can get that dog to actually bite, I dare you you not to laugh.
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Helperwork is great fun. You have to put on some acting skills in order to portray the emotion that brings out the behaviors you want in your dog. Also, in my opinion, it is the best way to learn protection work because you see what causes reactions in the dog. The video was a little silly, all the yelling and screaming is actually stimulation for the dog. A great helper can get the same intensity from the dog without all the moving around and threatening.

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An exceptional helper can walk onto the field and dogs will react. They just have a look about their body language that tells the dog, "this is someone I must be concerned with".
Wow, although I think it would be more fun doing what the helper did in the video I showed.

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Hey Yoshi, why don't you go back here and ask them if you can put a sleeve on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqQM...wV8IHg&index=3

If you can get that dog to actually bite, I dare you you not to laugh.
The dog doesn't seem quite as excited as others I've seen in videos, but isn't this dog just training at the moment? I wish I saw these videos before. I wouldn't mind going and asking but they are in a different state!

Does the lack of excitement mean that the helper is not doing a good job or is the dog just training or just not good?
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