"sit, way out, here, good, sit, here, good, right-there, JOHN-MARVIN". Dog goes out and starts chasing his tail......
I am also sure most on this board understand that having a competitive AA dog is a tremendous undertaking that takes time, money, and help from others. I tried before for a short period of time and boy did I get burned out. So this go round (derbies this spring) I am going to enjoy the process of starting my contribution to Ted and Kip IF I ever make it to the all age stakes with such a wild animal. Come visit me at the derby. You will have a choice who to hang out with when you get there. The guy laughing at John McCallie's dog cheating the water having a good time enjoying the sport or you can go hang with the experienced guy who looks pissed off might or might not speak to you in person, but don't worry, when you get back on the internet they will gladly share advice.
I always wondered about people saying too many Derbies ruining a dog. Then the same dog is double staked in the Open and the Am. 20 times a year for the next 5 years.
Never heard anyone say that running 10 series at a National would ruin a dog either.
The Derby is the most "fun" phase of the "Field trial experience."
It really depends on the dog. If you have a Steady Eddie, I don't see the problem. Running mine helped her.
my dogs never "cheat the water"......hell, they avoid it altogether. btw if i didn't hang with folks who are laughing at my dogs i would be lonely.
"the really smart ones get there the fastest way possible, we are training the hunting ability out of our dogs." -Robert Milner......did robert say that of was it me?
if i look pissed off its just my personlity, didnt mean any harm.
Ok, so this is what I've gathered from this conversation regarding running your pup in the derby:
•Training: Do yourself a favor and get pup through Swim-by, water decheating. Make sure pup can do LOOONG marks and long tricky doubles.
•Maturity or Steadiness: If you have a crazy lunatic who is only steady with an e collar on its neck, may want to work on steadiness and let pup mature before running.
•Readiness: If you have a pup who's steady when flyers are being shot as the first mark of a double and remains steady for the second mark, can run a decent line through land/water combos and is a really good marker at 350 yards - then go and have fun at the derby.
Bonus: If you meet all the above requirements, you can almost immediately enter the next phase of competition when you have aged out of Derby (as long as you've been training for blinds).
Any corrections or additions?
Maintain your standards.