I like Ted's answer. I've been at this for a couple decades. AKC longer than HRC. Don't do trials, but I'd like to in the future.
I have judged, served as club officer, board etc. Worked tests in every capacity. I have tried to mentor newbies only to see them lose interest, although one now serves as club president and HT chair.
The last few years I have used the services of a pro. Something I would not consider 20 years ago. I remember a line from Tom Quinn; "I sometimes train with people I dislike or mistrust, but I don't make it a habit." These days my wife and I mostly train on our own, but I do make my training grounds available.
I just brought home a new pup. Hopefully she won't be the last.
In the middle regards, JDogger
if talking bad about my training partners' and their dogs' shortcomings makes me a poor ambassador........then i suck!
nothing more fun than giving folks "the business" when they are having a bad day. in a good natured way obviously;)!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think if everyone does a little we can do a lot. I am a Field Rep for the Hunting Retriever Club, I try my best to encourage growth of the sport, training dogs as conservation tools and encourage all to get involved. But I agree there are others doing a lot more behind the curtain so to speak.
I will step up and admitt that I am a horrible ambassador.
I am selfish, I want my time that I have to be for me,, and use that time to train MY dog.
I dont want to join a club, untill I have a dog that I can run confidently in tests,thereby, forfieting weekends I could spend trainig, instead of lugging wingers, lunches, birds,ect all over creation..
There , I said it!
I wiil, if asked about local clubs, recommend several I have been a member of in the past, even though I may have left with a sour taste in my mouth.
I have come to realise I have turned into a Grumpy selfish old coot..
I am VERY happy with Flinch, :):):)
I will alway throw birds for the people I train with,, but it sucks having to listen to what a puss I am when I throw!
Again,,,, Just a grumpy old coot.
Dear Grumpy Old Coot, welcome to the club! It has been fun, but aging SUCKS. Bill
I'm a terrible ambassador, laugh at people & dogs, talk more than train, don't share my booze, so they just take it, love to pull practical jokes, am loud, opinionated, and generally cantankerous. Yet people still keep coming out, I'll never understand it ;)
Originally Posted by MooseGooser
I feel I can do better. I try to help folks in our club as I've been helped. I'm mentoring a 16 yo with her dog. I do say good luck to my fellow competitors and MEAN it. If they beat me that day then one of 3 things: 1-They were a better team that day, 2-I failed in some capacity with my dog, 3- or both. With that said, is it bad when you silently cheer when someone ahead of you, and by that I mean done a better job to that point, struggles in the next series? It feels great to be able to outlast people you know are very good at what they do with their dogs. If they do better I'll stick my hand out and congratulate them. It's hard work to succeed and we all want to win. Only one can win so you take your chances and do your best and smile when it doesn't work out.
:grin:we still put up with the old coots throwing:grab:
with all the jawing he does alright and he can throw for me anytime.
I think I am a good ambassador. Sure I like to share the success that I have with my dog. But I always root for other dogs. I may not like all the handlers but I do like all the dogs. I even have volunteered to work at AKC retriever trials and they won't even let me run my dog in their hunt test. I belong to two HRC clubs and have been a board member. I donate my time to the clubs. I have also donated goods for raffles and I have acquired donations from retailers for auctions. I have let kids run my dog at HRC events.