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Helper Tip – Targeting Part 2

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In this video, Brian takes the training concepts developed in the first video, and shows how to apply them when working in the blind.

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8 thoughts on “Helper Tip – Targeting Part 2

  1. This video is a great illustration of the common mistakes most young helper make exiting the blind.

    Balance is the key. Exiting both sides should be utilized to keep the dog “center” and promote biting the arm in the desired area – “center”


  2. Excellent videos to show how complicted GOOD helper work really is and how much really goes into it .. Love it Brian!!

    Too many people thinking just putting sleeve on pulling/pushing a dog is the end of all means. I am looking foward to all these video’s..

    Thanks for sharing all your professional training Brian…

  3. This certainly shows the flaws of decoys essentially “throwing” the sleeve away to the dog as a “toy reward” in order to mistakenly keep it a toy oriented exercise…then they are surprised at misses, shallow bites and the dog becoming mysteriously insecure or disinterested.

    1. But here is my confusion. Yes, throwing sleeve away and all makes sleeve fun for the dog.

      Here is what I need some clarification to my confusion. Does sleeve throwing creates a sleeve dependent dogs? Or is there a way to get the dog eventually tuned that sleeve or no sleeve, he should bite, on command. I know it might raise some eyebrows in sports world, but my question is about realtime protection stuff.

      Would like some input on this.

      1. Balance in the dog is the critical key….the sleeve should be earned regardless and not just thrown away immediately (as is the fashion in some clubs) before any real grip , bite, or eventual fight is established

      2. Thanks for the question Rish. The short answer is, it can be used either way. The act of throwing the sleeve does usually promote focus on the sleeve. However, it can also be done in such a way that it causes the dog to stay focused on the helper. What’s really important is the intent of the helper who’s throwing the sleeve. Did he want the dog to focus on the sleeve or to ignore it? By rewarding the desired behavior, he is able to decide whether the dog focuses on the sleeve or on the helper. This was a great question because it demonstrates the influence of the helper on your dog. Bottom line: choose your helper wisely.

  4. There comes a time in every good helpers introduction where he decides to go beyond the “same old routine” and take a minute to anaylze what hes doing and why hes doing it. We can get into simple routines and often train and dont think much when theyre doing it. Ive done it. It also happens on both ends of the leash. Great topic.

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