Are HT judges just as anal about these things as FT?
Some people (err, so I have been told) are very sneaky with intimidating gestures. Judges however are also pretty cute, and don't give much quarter.
I've seen a couple of instances at Spaniel Trials; a throw chain jiggled in a coat pocket, and an innocent looking touch of the cap. Probably neither handler had ever heard of a secondary reinforcer, but they understood how to use one! The first was spotted and the second wasn't. A then inexperienced friend of mine entered a novice retriever working test holding a folded lead ...... eliminated. As he said, "Well I came for the experience and I certainly got some; won't be doing that again!"
Again at a Spaniel Trial I saw (or rather heard) something a bit dodgy when a handler took from his dog a very lively "pricked bird" that IMO hadn't been shot at all. It did however have a broken leg when handed to the judge. Very strong fingers and a quick mind are necessary tools in a trainer / handler, and judges should get regular hearing tests. ;)
Just my opinion over the last few years.
Exactly so. Picking an unshot bird is an eliminating fault in both Spaniel and Retriever Trials. If you watch a video of trials in UK you'll note that every retrieved bird is handed to the judge who examines it for damage that may be a result of hard mouth, and also to ensure that it was fairly shot.Quote:
I'm assuming the dog would have been out for retrieving a bird that was not shot, presumably leaving the shot bird in the field?
I really admire the 'eyewipe' system we have Eug'...
Sets them apart all over the world.