Danielle R. Pellicci
SPICE, MH14 CD (GN1) RA OA NAJ
(FC AFC “Cori” X Malli QAA)
FEATHER, MH QAA
(FC AFC “Kicker” X “Spice” MH CD RA OA NAJ)
(FC “LB” X“CAPPY”)
RIP: Rhumbline’s Guinness is Good, JH... Miss you every day "Big Man"
MH is hard for an inexperienced handler, MH is hard for an inexperienced dog. A lot of people can handle SH and not understand the delicacies of MH, the dog might have the skill, the handler doesn't or doesn't know how to enforce the harder requirements. How I look at it, a smart dog can get through SH, with a low level handler; it's more instinctual, lines to blinds are straight forward. Once you get to MH a dog can't luck through on it's own talent, and an inexperience dog will need the handler to get them through. An inexperienced handler just might need an experienced dog to save the team. Heck sometimes very experienced dog will need a very experienced handler to make it through the test and you might not have a ribbon at the end of it. Master level is where it really becomes a team-sport, there's a lot of technical stuff that goes against k-9 thinking, (it's not just one more mark, and the same blinds) The dog must be lined up correctly, the dog must take certain lines to marks, birds must sometimes be picked up in particular order, blinds must be challenged. You really need to be able to read your dog, You need to be able to read the test; and you need a dog that is obedient, (will sit on a whistle, will take your casts), will take as many cast and whistles you need to give (some dogs only have a certain # of whistles in them before they free-lance). Most dogs can do the marks, it's the blinds and control that takes them out, interestingly it's the blinds and control that dogs need a handler for. An inexperienced dog and a nervous newbie handler; is pretty much a recipe for disaster. You don't know enough to help your dog, you don't know enough to keep them out of trouble, heck sometimes you don't even remember being if you went up to line at all . The only way around it is too get experience, I had to finally start entering my friends old experienced MH 42+++ dogs so I could get handler experience; about the time I was able to pass the experienced dogs consistently, my dog had obtained enough MH experience that she could get us through tests, despite or inspite of me. Once you or your dogs learns to handle a master test; it pretty much becomes standard, but when both you and your dog are trying to learn and neither of you has any experience to fall back on, watch out; this is where passing out on the line becomes an issue .
Thus the issue why we see many SH and not many continuing on is it is hard work to get both team-mates on the same page, and oftentimes requires many failures and a bunch of investment before you can succeed, a lot of people don't have the time, the skill to do it, nor inclination to keep at it,Going out on the first bird or never seeing a water series, for mulitple tests; and you start asking yourself "Why am I doing this again?".
Last edited by Hunt'EmUp; 02-18-2014 at 06:20 PM.
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