I've got zero experience working with a barrel sleeve, so I won't comment on their usefulness. But the argument that they don't look like or are not shaped like a human arm, therefore they're no good, is flawed. How many people walk around with bulky jute wrapped around their arm? Regardless of what style of sleeve, the dog knows it's a sleeve. Even the hidden sleeves are really only hidden until the dog bites it.It is a large circular tube. How many human arms look like that?
well, there ya go: the trial-dog world isn't THAT much different than the show-horse world!! love itI train for Schutzhund and when dogs tend to get lazy about opening their mouth wide, I use a barrel arm. I have one dog in my club that for a week - 10 days before a trial all he works on is the barrel arm and then when he hits the trial and a bite bar his mouth is wide open and the grip is full.....high points..... But sometimes in training he will get lazy opening his mouth and be 1/2 inch shallow before he regrips.....
well, it's nice to know that my opinion is welcome....:-\"For those who have very little experience or none with this topic, opinions are always welcomed. I would however view some of them as folks who watch two K9 clips from the TV show "Cops." They see some trooper do a basic K9 deployment on the bad guy and NOW become experts on the subject. Erh...ah...not!
Yes, a healthy respect is the idea but "such and such equipment is a waste of time" or "I'll say this one more time" or talking in a condescending manner to members that don't have as much experience isn't what Most would call a healthy respect.Bob isn't that the point of a forum? No one person has seen everything or done everything. A healthy RESPECT for every one's opinion is always refreshing, I think!