I'm not trying to start a fight. Just really curious.
I'm new to the game and am training my first dog. I'm having a blast doing it. I know a few guys who have sent their dogs to be trained by pros, but they were just interested in having a good hunting dog and I'm not aware that the dogs ever entered any tests or trials. I understand this reasoning.
During the few tests I've been to I've noticed a lot of pro handlers running their clients dogs. Most of the owners weren't even there. What is the benefit of this to the owners? Is it just to increase stud fees? Is there something else that I'm missing?