It doesn't matter if you prefer the collar hold or not,,,you are affecting the dogs mind one way or another. I got to watch a junior close up from the side this weekend,,,and there is definitely a psychological affect one way or another buy the grip of ones hand on the back of a dogs neck. One being an opposition reflex. or It can make a high dog higher and a timid dog more timid,especially when drives come into play.,and that's just surface stuff,,but this isn't the place to discuss dog behavior.My opinion on this is that Junior handlers should take advantage of the rules that allow you to hold the dog (gently) by the collar. First, it allows the handler some degree of control to make sure the dog is looking at the bird and second, I have seen the slip cord thing catch a little bit on the send and pull the dog off line and it keeps going in that direction and can't get to the bird. Obviously, it is a personal preference since the rules allow both, but I prefer the collar hold.
My customers get chastised for it pretty hard. To each their own.
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nice palm up grip, tuck an ear that is on other side of judges tween thumb and base of index and even the most bouncy Tigger settles right down. Train at a test? never!!!
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As a JR Judge, I would ask you to put away after release dog. You can drop it by your feet and when pup returns with bird after delivery you can pick it up and slip back thru collar for 2nd bird. But as said before, if you gently hold the collar in the correction postion, it is better for the dog. You control where the looks a lot better. Is you have it cliped to a belt loop, just pull up and tuck in pocket. That way it is easy to pull back out when needed.
Copied from the rulebook: "Dogs may be restrained gently with a slipcord looped through the flat buckle collar, or held gently by the flat buckle collar until sent to retrieve,"
Unfortunately, it doesn't tell you what must be done with the slip cord (not slip lead) once you release the dog. People I've seen recently use a length of fairly light cord, let one end slip when they send the dog, and ball it up in their hand. Not sure if they put it in their pocket during the retrieve; if they did, it was done unobtrusively. However, if you are using this method, you'll need to get it out again for the second retrieve, right? I would ask the judges during the handler's meeting.
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Just FYI, I'm not planning on running any Junior tests and if I did my dogs would walk at heel off lead and sit steady! That's just how I roll.
I was asking because the question came up at our HT this past weekend and I wanted to see what the RTF collective had to say. I agree always ask the judge at handler's meeting. Not to mention I just don't keep up with all the rules in a HT and I couldn't find anything specific in the rule book when I glanced through it. Pam thanks for actually quoting the rulebook.
I personally think the slip cord is goofy as can be, but that's me, just seems like a lot of moving parts, I like simple - dog is already steady
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Section 17. Equipment. No handler shall carry
any exposed training equipment (except whistle) or use
any other equipment or threatening gestures in such a
manner that they may be an aid or threat in steadying or
controlling a dog. Violation of this paragraph is sufficient
to cause the dog not to receive a Qualifying score.
Fortunately, a slip cord is classified as "equipment" and can not remain "exposed"...
I would suggest to any handler at any level to NOT have anything that looks like a string or a ROPE hangin from yer britches....
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