its funny to see how many dont want to run as test dog...BUT what would happen if you and your dog were asked to be one of the test dogs at the National Amateur or the National Open..
I always take the opportunity to run the test dog. Heck my dog is getting what she wants more than anything. Birds... If my dog is happy so am I.
A cold nose feels good on a hot day.....
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I ran test dog this past weekend after my dog went out in the first series of the derby. Some may feel it was stupid but he did great and got some more experience running. I did it on the advice of my trainer. To be honest I hadn't even thought of running him. My trainer was running his dogs and wanted to see how my dog handled each of the series.
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The purpose of the test dog is to provide, judges, and handlers hours of entertainment . So many little moments to treasure . First from the dog stand point; I love to watch what is usually available to run test dog; some youngin (who's not ready to take that next step, but who's owner has connections), or some ancient dog (who's retried-hasn't trained since 2000; but might as well be used as a test dog). Then you get to watch all the handlers FREAK-OUT after watching the test dog (whether it's ugly or pretty). Then those rare moments, when you get to watch the switch out of 2-3 different test dogs, That can't do the test. The judge that has to use his personal dog as test dog, something always goes wrong with that . You just never know what's going to happen with a test dog; but invariably something does happen, and it's fun to watch, thus their purpose
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