With the threads going on about the limit entries in hunt tests it got me to thinking. The fundamental problems seem to be two things, lack of volunteers to put on an event and lack of grounds. The land issue is a problem that unless you have money willing to invest in land is not easy to resolve. The other issue, lack of volunteers, is something that we can fix. The question is how do we get more new people involved in the sport of dog training and testing? I am a new person myself only been involved for the last 6 years. I know what got me into this but that does not seem to be getting many new people in.
How did clubs back 15 years ago recruit, retain, and cultivate new people into becoming long term members, workers, and judges?
Our club hosts a training day every month, holds a mock test each spring, and has a Christmas party awards type banquet each year for members. Our dues are only $25 a year but if you work one day your membership is free for the next year.
Maybe some of the long time people in this game can give some insights as what has worked or is this a problem that has existed forever. I know that peoples mind set has changed as time has went on but I still think that people are willing to work and do what is needed if it is something that they enjoy and feel is worth the effort as a hobby.