Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Once you have learned the basics and can catch dogs safely, which you learn by working a lot of dogs under the supervision of a good coach, you then can move on to training work. Great training helpers are developed through years of working dogs. Most are also naturally gifted, but it is something that can, for the most part, be developed over time. The more dogs you work, the more you develop an eye for cause and affect, the more feel you get for "if I do this, the dog will do that", the better you will become. There are many helpers that can do good safe trial help. The skill, the gift, is being able to read the dogs and develop the dogs to the trial level. To be able to bring out the best in any given dog.
Der Schutzhund by Helmut Raiser is a good book to read (English translation).
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