I've seen some examples of what Shag's described in this country while taking training classes for the Versatile breeds. I had a few people complain that I wasn't training them in tennis court sized pens with 6 foot chain link netting around the perimeter....QUOTE ...."So that I can catch my dog."
Others complained that they wanted game in plenty on the land ....and then when I organised moorland hunting for grouse for them they complained that it wasn't suitable land because sheep were grazing on it. In a relatively small country like Britain it would be hard to find any sizeable area of moorland that does not have sheep grazing on it somewhere !
Then there was the lady who called me to ask for help with her viszla . I went out with her twice for about 2 -3 hours each time and I took no fee for this 1 -2 -1 training for her show winning viszla. She knew I took all day training classes for the versatile breeds too so she came to one of those classes too. When it came to her turn to work her dog I asked her to tell her dog to sit. The lady point blank refused to do that explaining that doing this would ...."Ruin the dog's presence
in the show ring !" What utter nonsense.
I blew my top which is something I could easily afford to do because I took those classes for no fee too. I told her she was wasting my time that could be better spent on dogs that would actually be worked. The lady dissolved into tears then left never to return ...... I think I was better with dogs than I was with their owners !
All the same those classes I took were very popular ....most real gundog people don't mind being told when they are wrong even if my manner of telling them could at times be somewhat blunt !