Noah’s Helper work progressing
Noah went out to Indian Creek Schutzhund Club to learn a little more about helper work. As you’ll see a little later, my knowledge of ‘good’ helper work is limited, as is my skill. Steve Romard, Bill Kulla, and Terence Williams helped him improve his skill-set and were very encouraging and honest with him which he greatly appreciated. Tim Barth hooked Noah up with a dog to work: Floh vom Rabenturm SchH3 (2011 North Central Regional Champion) as well as a pair of Gappay Scratch pants both of which Noah was very excited for (he’s been wanting scratch pants for awhile). Giant thanks to Tim for the hook up! Noah also worked Isaac vom Geistwasser AKA Marmaduke, which is never as easy as working a trained graceful dog (but Noah insists he work the beast).
As I stated earlier I’m not a helper and have only done helper work once in my life (at a Helper Seminar and NO I didn’t get certified, ALL dogs are probably thankful for that!)
Noah is fast, actually getting some power (boxing is paying off), athletic, intense, and very serious about doing SAFE helper work. He’s definitely enjoying it and not just because he’s a young stud working big fast dogs, but because it’s a challenge to make sure he is concentrating on good fast sleeve presentation and making sure the dogs are safe (his words on the drive home). He’s still working on driving the dogs, he understands and had some very good drives, but there’s a lot going on and since he only out weighs Floh by probably 10 lbs and Isaac (who is fat according to Jen) is his equal it’s a challenge. He also needs to work on dragging the dogs as opposed to just facing them and tugging them (that’s a habit from when he wasn’t really strong enough to drag Marmaduke). He worked on his stance in the blind, knows where to keep the stick when not in use, protects his weenier with the the sleeve, consciously locks up, does quick re-attacks, and is catching dogs that are carry some real speed (no where near FULL field). Only fell on one escape and he claims he got that from me (see below).
All and all I’m really happy he enjoys it, thinks about the dogs first, and is hard on himself when he does something wrong. Anyone who does good helper work and those of us that have tried know there is A LOT going on and it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination, and at this point Noah is doing very very well according to people who’s opinion I respect.
Was also nice to see the number of “Likes” (currently 87) Noah’s picture got on Facebook, I know it’s easy to push like on a picture of a kid in Gappay pants with a dog in front of him. Since Noah made it his Facebook profile picture I think he’s proud of himself, and he should be!
Now I’m a smart cookie, but speed, agility, power, and gracefulness aren’t traits I place in my + column. Noah is the exact opposite of what’s going on in this video, so he better be happy and thankful that somehow the ‘breeding’ worked out to his advantage! I might suck at helper work, but I throw good puppies!