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Old 04-24-2016, 09:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Off subject just got 2nd leg today on AKC Master Hunter on Kasbah....she did real well on water blind retrieves.

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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What may be of interest to folks how these tests remind me of IPO.
For 3 years Kas has been a straight out bird finder,flusher and retriever.
All that mattered was results,form or presentation was meaningless.
The analogy is with a working police service dog,or Special forces patrol dog,results vs style required in IPO.
In hunt tests points require finding the bird but style,elegant quartering,presentation to hand are also strongly counted.
Our worst score 7/10 was for an exercise that after finding flushing retrieving her first bird, she had caught scent of the second bird,and ran after being released directly to it in a straight line quarterning be damned.
I didn't deem it unfair as those are the rules,and I was told taking a real hunting dog through a hunt test is a disadvantage.
Made me think of bringing a police service dog to do an IPO event,and points that might would be lost ie heeling patterns release comands etc.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:41 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Good comparison with the "real" hunting dog vs the trial dog.

I've seen many good natural working earth dogs that had no use for the den trials.

Often times it slowed them down simply because the "real" hunters have gone down a natural earth and met teeth, not just a rat in a cage.

Speed is critical in the den trials yet some dogs can and do cross over.
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I was told taking a real hunting dog through a hunt test is a disadvantage.

Made me think of bringing a police service dog to do an IPO event,and points that might would be lost ie heeling patterns release comands etc.

And bites !! I agree, it does sound like a bit of a disadvantage to a dog that hunts for real. Perhaps. But as you said, those were just the rules. Just like there's no crying in baseball, there's no rules in hunting - cept maybe when hunting with weapons, don't shoot the dog or any of your companions.

This is an important topic that I don't think is visited here enough. Work the dog before you. This is speaking from the perspective of someone who was hell bent on taking an extremely good hunting dog and putting it on the sport field - no less a molosser.

No doubt. A good life lesson to learn and not just learn it, but to develop gratitude and respect for what is.

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