Yes the handle help but the dog ladder does the trick
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ďAdapt the training to the dog, not the dog to the training" - Evan Graham
The Smartwork System for Retriever Training (link)
I have a couple of those vests but got tired of lifting wet dogs. Bought a dog ramp that hangs off the side and the dogs use that
I use a vest no handles. I like the extra buoyancy and protection from brush. In my War Eagle. I use the Avery Double Duty stand. It folds flat and it hangs over the side easy.
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