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Originally Posted By: Chris WildMuch of protection work involves backtying the dog. He's tied to a tree or a post and aggitated by the helper. The purpose of the backtying is to provide absolute clarity as to where the dog can reach, and where he can't. This is important for the safety of the helper, and the quality of the work as it prevents the dog from biting where and when he shouldn't. The same can be done with the handler holding the dog on a line, but backtying is safer and more reliable, especially with novice handlers... handlers can move and get pulled off balance or have the line pulled through their hands, trees can't. It also allows the handler to move up and be with their dog, encouraging and supporting or helping position the dog, rather than stuck behind just holding a line.

When doing backtie work the dog will be straining to get to the helper. Then need something safe, secure and comfortable to pull into.... either a harness (my preference) or an aggitation collar. An aggitation collar is stronger, wider, and usually padded compared to a regular collar so it's better and safer and won't cut off the dog's air when they pull against it.
Ahh, gotcha! Thanks. Makes sense to tie to something immobile so the dog doesn't pull you off balance. "lightbulb moment"
 

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Thank you for explaining this so well! I think some helpers forget how important back tying can be.. Less room for error on the handlers part..


Quote: Much of protection work involves backtying the dog. He's tied to a tree or a post and aggitated by the helper. The purpose of the backtying is to provide absolute clarity as to where the dog can reach, and where he can't. This is important for the safety of the helper, and the quality of the work as it prevents the dog from biting where and when he shouldn't. The same can be done with the handler holding the dog on a line, but backtying is safer and more reliable, especially with novice handlers... handlers can move and get pulled off balance or have the line pulled through their hands, trees can't. It also allows the handler to move up and be with their dog,
 
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