Onyx - I wish it was my place. It is my friend/helper's. I down/out for a couple different reasons. First, I like the little break so that I can process what just occurred and formulate a plan to go from there. Second, with this particular dog, one of his strengths is he has a nice active aggression and he truly sees the helper as a threat. So just to keep everyone safe I don't have him go back to helper. However, I have done it in the past with my last dog with good results. This particular dog is a very compliant animal, and I have instilled control from the very beginning. I was worried about squashing him a bit. With my last dog, a mal, it was either hit or miss. If I had him under control, he was a V dog, but if not he was in the 70's. For instance at the 2012 AWDF, I was 2nd in the stadium and had an excellent trial, but in the same year I got two scores in the 70's at the Mali Natl's. So I worked from the beginning to not allow this dog to lose control and get better consistency. Sorry for the wordy answer.