Yes the handle help but the dog ladder does the trick
"Prepare your dog in such a manner that the work he is normally called upon to do under-whelms him, not overwhelms him." ~ Evan Graham
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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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