2. Offer to help with the test. I learned more by gunning SH and MH than any other way.
5. After you get what you need to pass, water your dog, wet it down, and whatever else you can do to *subtly* keep your dog away from a chance to screw up.
Just be quiet and let the dog work.
Ruffshooter wrote:Prepare your dog and yourself for strange things to go wrong.
So once you have your dog to the MH, UT level throw different situations at your dog.
GoodTime GSP wrote:Lastly I would also recommend that you alway train for the master level even though your are not running in it yet. This will make it so much easier to go to that next level each time.
Don wrote:You guy's need to remember something. At the end of the day, everything you complain about was allowed by a judge. That is the problem that really needs dealing with. I have seen far to many judges that did not judge the whole dog. Far to many looking for reason, in test's, to pass a dog and avoiding the bad things. I have seen them bump up a score that would fail a dog because they liked something else. Imagine taking a spelling test and getting a failing grade but, the teacher thinks your a good guy so overlooks enough wrong answer's to give you a passing score. The test loses it's credibility!
I have seen them bump up a score that would fail a dog because they liked something else.
Yes I have seen judges do that.
I've had HT secretaries come up to me after I judged and question a score that I gave which failed a dog. One that comes to mind is a test which the dog pointed beautifully on a covey that it "stumbled" upon. So I gave her an 8 for pointing. Had to give her a 2 for hunting though since she didn't hunt at all.
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