IMO----You want to make the sport BETTER, and move in the "Right Direction?"
GIVE to the sport all you can.
The primary thing you have is time, give it, no strings attached, for the LOVE of the game and the dogs.
This past weekend at a HT I was at, a well known pro was with his family to enjoy some time together.
This man dropped everything and helped out the test, making the judges life easier, and making the test much more fair for the young dogs!
At another venue, a well known FT came to train her dogs.
There was really nowhere for her tto train, so she gave up her Sunday and her time to help out at the HT!!!
No strings attached, they both gave of their time to make the game better!!!
Thank you Brian and Stacy, you are heros!
What a great example people like you set for the rest of us to model!
I learned from watching you this weekend!
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Stan b & Elvis
How many of you want to hop on your bicycle and take an 80 mile ride with me tomorrow? No way in hell can I convince you how much fun we're going to have. That's about like someone trying to convince me to take up scrapbooking. Face it, the retriever community is very small. Always has been. I can remember it was hard trying to scrape together enough people for a training group 50 years ago. And the same complaints about getting enough help at a trial.
There are hundreds of hobbies that attract a relatively few enthusiastic participants and they ALL say the same thing, "why doesn't everyone else love to do this?". Just got to keep on keepin' on and help those that DO show up to challenge themselves and achieve their goals, That's what gets a person hooked.
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Real Americans buy American.
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Let's not forget the ever present AR people who want to stop hunting and dog sports. Quite frankly, I'm surprised they are mostly targeting conformation shows right now and not field trials or hunt tests where birds are used.
Oh wait, FT and HT have guns. Maybe that's why.
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The ability to get people going at a young age is a difficult due to kids and activities. If you have kids that are active in anything they get (and deserve) your extra time. My son played baseball. No way I could have dedicated the time needed to a dog that can run at any level and be involved with baseball. Sure you could just go to the games and train a dog, but you can't be really INVOLVED. If my son was doing it i wanted to be involved. Those were some really great days, months and years. So now the kid is out of college and on his own. I need something to do, so now I'm involved with dogs. The reality is I did not get started in dog games until I was a 52 year old beginner. I think there are a lot of people with similar circumstances.
As for cost 18 holes of golf is not cheap, owning and putting gas in a boat is not cheap.
H2O Control Guy
Something I learned in the barn growing up. "Never walk behind a cow that is coughing."
Part of the issue is some clubs get new people interested, ok they host a monthly training day where all the members well they run their practice tests, the new comers most who don't know how to train well their lost. People need to learn how to train dogs first that's what their new interest is in at first meat and potatoes of training. Not show up and spectate and someone just run through a test setup to improve their dogs, how are they gonna learn that way, they want. The buddy training groups that go on through out the month aren't as easy to get invited in if u don't have something to offer etc training grounds or something, that makes people feel more of a burden.