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    So I was just working at a hunt test this weekend and I was listening to people complain about not having enough help. I have listened to this for a lot of years and from all different clubs. I think the answer to this problem long term is getting newer people into the sport. I think we are failing the sport by not agressavly getting new people involved. Ask your self something what is the average age of the members in your club? Well do the math before you know it we won't have to many members In the club period. What about focusing on doing more youth days in clubs and at hunt test really cantering to the Junior hunt test folks. These are the new up and coming people . Make them feel welcome and get them involved . Give everyone a membership application at the start of day and even at ribon Delivery give them a member application. Also look at events where they are promoting hunting shows . Set up a booth to promote our sport. If we all work together I think it will start to be fun having new members in your club and become a mentor for someone or we will have a conversation in 20 years about how come there are no clubs left anymore. And let's face the facts without clubs you have no events ! Hunt test or field trial !

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    Sounds so simple, but the reality of it is not so simple.
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    Ran a Jr/Sr only event this weekend. Our test had three junior handlers. The oldest was 9. All three passed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FOM View Post
    Sounds so simple, but the reality of it is not so simple.
    Quite right, most kids would rather be playing video games whether it is at home or on a phone or an I-pad in the truck while their parents are training/running a test. It is oblivious, when you go out to eat, you will see kids as young as 2-4 years old being entertained by some electronic device.

    When you do get people in the 20-30 year old range involved, eventually most will have kids. When they reach an age where they are involved in athletics of some sort, of course they are going to spend more time attending their child's game then training or running tests with their dog.
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    NOTHING will fix the lack of participation and the trend of fewer people will continue. While very year the percentage of dogs that are running events are trained by pros increases because of numerous reasons, events getting harder, less training grounds and so forth. That's the way it is. The Sport started with the affluent and now it's going headed full circle. Good luck.
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    We have started a new club....Northwest Montana Retriever Club with the express purpose of holding picnic trials. We are helping folks learn how to judge during these events and introducing new people and their dogs to our sport. The bonus is old hard core dog folks get to come out and have a fun day. We are on our third picnic trial so just getting started. Also, we have pros judging super singles events.

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    Age has very little to do with the sport...the retriever games and all that goes with them are for people with discretionary disposable income...in reality its not apathy or lack of success that drive many out of the sport, its that people figure that the ROI for that discretionary income would be best spent elsewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Age has very little to do with the sport...the retriever games and all that goes with them are for people with discretionary disposable income...in reality its not apathy or lack of success that drive many out of the sport, its that people figure that the ROI for that discretionary income would be best spent elsewhere
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    1st real constructive post on helping the problem and most everyone shoots it down. May not solve the problem but is a great start. Get your kids out from in front of the TV. That will help more than just retriever games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twin Willows Labs View Post
    Ran a Jr/Sr only event this weekend. Our test had three junior handlers. The oldest was 9. All three passed.
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