Quoted for truth. Desire, desire, desire, it is all about DESIRE!
Desire to work! Desire to be there! Desire to find the bird! Desire to retrieve!
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Kevin! It's good to see that name! I hope you and your family are well!
Everybody seems to have the right idea!! So then why are judges giving dogs who are running with bad attitudes, lack of desire to be there blue ribbons who title FC and AFC?? Scared to drop them....your friends...blame it on your co judge?? WHY??
I only asked because in my tailgate and gallery discussions I have only had one person admit to losing or dropping a dog for style. He didn't train the dog initially but was rehabbing it. I think judging style is both good for the breeds and discourages heavy handed training practices. I am encouraged that it is more widespread than I imagined.
Is "style" like "beauty"... in the eye of the beholder? Or like pornography... can't define it but know it when we see it.
To me the best definition of style is "a thrill to watch". Intensity. When you get goosebumps watching an animal do what it was bred to do... you're watching style.
I guess every region wants to think the group of dogs is better than others. That said of the TRIALS I have attended or judged I have seen less than can be counted on one hand for a good number of years. IMHO if the dogs has ears back, tail tucked is slinky and so on is most likely wont finish a trial. I have made note on the judges sheets but the dog(s) have never been in contention. If the dog acts like that it is most likely a unpleasent training day. I like th dogs that while on the way bay to the line look out in the field for the next mark, sit with ears up when they lock in and wag the tail. A dog that jumps nicely into the water whle returning with the last water mark is nice as well. As for the porn metaphor I like to watch the midget with a flaming goat with a hermaphrodite in a tub of tapioca pudding.