Some breeders will not sell to amateurs or if the amateurs have pro help they will say not that pro. Some will never sell to certain people because they don't like them. Some FTers won't sell to HT people because it is not challenging enough - I know burn - but it is true. The $12,000 cost for a one year old dog is right on(2014) but that does not mean it is worth that $. Lastly I did antique/street rods for over 30 years and the value is in the eye of the beholder when you sell. I always advise people be it dogs/cars/houses buy what you buy but don't think you are always are going to break even or make a profit. PS I am a FTer but did HT/support it.
Demand has eased quite a bit since we pulled out of Afghanistan so prices have normalized. Prices are going to be based on what the market will bear at any given time, or the sellers assessment of value.
Wouldn't be the first time you heard someone say "If I can't get x for it, I'll keep it" same applies here sometimes.
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"Determining and applying the criteria for when and when not to use correction is the essence of the art of dog training. I make a distinction between a mistake and a lack of effort." - Mike Lardy - Volume I "After Collar Conditioning"
Then the pro will assess him for a period of time, usually three to four weeks. Probably run him in derby or two. If he likes what he sees he will tell the clients to purchase him. Nearly everything is conducted through the pro.
Heck, I have 30K tied up in 2 two year olds (brother and sister). Bought one as a FT washout. They're perfect for what I want (HT). The price is what you're willing to pay or walk away. I'd spend another 30K and not think twice. And I don't do FTs. By the time you add all of the things that it takes to do it right, it gets expensive. It's like marrying a spoiled brat. If you aren't willing to keep up the spoiling, don't sign the papers.
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