I was simply responding to Shayne's post about pros holding the line on the number of dogs they have
As for the initial issue
1) I think if you don't trust your pro, find another one
2) I would be uncomfortable if my pro were competing against me with his/her own dog
But, since I don't have a pro running my dogs, my opinions on the subject are in large part, irrelevant
You pays your money
You takes your chances
People get to spend money however they see fit
Here is some old school RTF
It was so hard reading this thread and actually catching the posts. Kept growing on me!
My mentor runs springers, but same difference... 18 spots, and would never consider putting one of his own dogs in the mix. Pro FT business is ALL about pleasing the clients.
*sniff, sniff* I soooo miss those days and the ole gang. We had some fun and this thread was a good one...
FT pro's should never be competing against their clients. It's unethical in theory and can lead to hard feelings. Don't be crapping on your own plate.
Is that leather??
Originally Posted by JusticeDog
Gerard trying to stir the pot, no names but the inference was obvious to most, very few contributors to the topic still hang out here, wonder why? An eight year old thread, why revive it when it wasn't a big issue then.
First I've trained with a few of the pros on the west coast
Originally Posted by Angie B
Some have dogs for sale some run and campaign a dog or two
Of there own. Them dogs are considered dead beats and don't get
Trained UNLESS THERE IS TIME AFTER PAYING MUTTS ARE DONE.
Every pro wants too win and they don't care who's dog it is. Yes they root
For the clients dog that is behind the eight ball or needing points for national
But don't fool your self every bullet is a bullet
We agree to disagree.. They can train dogs that they own after the other dogs are done training but why would they do that?? Isn't there day long enough?? Who wants to own and run dead beats??
Originally Posted by Jeff Bartlett
I guess I'm missing something...
I do not see anthing wrong with a pro running his own dog or an assistants dog. It is no different than running the dog that is consistant every weekend and keeps beating the other dogs on the truck. Ownership does not guarantee success. If your dog was beating the other dogs on your Pro's truck would you be ok if your pro pulled your dog to get points with other dogs on the truck. I think most pro's would just as soon run a client dog than one of their own.
Everyone wants to find a nice young dog that may become a player. Some pros are given or buy a nice puppy or two to take through the program. The good ones end up being offered to clients and stay on the truck. A win win really. Pro makes some coin and client may have a nice dog. Beyond 16-18 months I think the pro should be cutting these dogs loose.
I don't like to see a pro owning and trialing dogs otherwise.