I am getting ready to run a new pup (8mos) through her first tests this spring. I have an older lab (13) that is deaf, but still has more drive than most dogs I can remember seeing. I never ran tests with the older one since she is spayed (one of my biggest regrets). I did figure practicing with an experienced dog would be easier on a new HT handler, and am considering running my older one through each test first. I am trying to target an aggressive schedule for tests this year. I'd like my pup to complete SHR/JH and, if she's ready, run some SH passes before the ducks show up. I think the older one could easily complete SHR/JH tests without any special accommodations, but since she can't hear a whistle, I need to use her e-collar vibe to get her attention on blinds. I've seen that the AKC doesn't allow e-collars, but I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of judges allowing any type of exceptions that would allow me to handle her in seasoned tests.