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    Default 7yr old JH title.. Is it worth it?

    I have a blk female lab who will be turning 7 in November. To make a long story short, this is a dog who had a previous owner and was abused and neglected. I did not get her until she was 4 1/2. At first she was just a pet, but it was quite obvious she had a strong desire to retrieve. I took training very slowly, especially in the beginning because of her past. She hunted with me the past 2 seasons and has done very good considering her past. I have not trained her for any handling but she will do singles and doubles with no problem now. She is steady at the line but can be a little vocal on throws(whining).

    I have never participated in any kind of HT and am very interested in getting into the game. Not as much with Annie, but eventually in the next few years when I buy another dog. Do yall think it would be worth it to run some HT with this dog and for JH level with her soon to be 7yrs old. Im not trying to set the world on fire with her and am honestly am already thrilled this abused and neglected dog has came as far as she is now. I figure it could be good experience for the both of us but know usually the JH level is very young dogs.

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    What will it hurt? Get yourself some line time (get your passing-out & puking over with ) & let the dog have some fun. I see no down side here. Also a bunch of older dogs run JH; these are events designed to let you have a good time with your dog, there's no age limit on that . NAHRA's hunter division is doubles, and a trail (which a hunting dog has a bunch of experience with) no blinds, a step up when your ready to push the team.
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    I think it's worth it for a few reasons; 1), With that history she deserves to be honored. A JH isn't much to a lot of us, but it is an official AKC Title that will always be attached to her name. 2) She clearly enjoys the work, actual hunt test are an even bigger blast for the dog. 3) This is good practice for both of you. I worked my way up through the ranks with my first dog, it would have been much harder for me to jump right into senior or master without learning the ropes in junior.

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    Give it a try! You may find she has a blast!

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    I put JH on a 10 year old "meat dog". He had fun, and I gained a ton of experiance. You have to start somewhere!

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    Not one bit important, if she is older. Whether it is worth it, only you can say.
    Personally, I think, if you want to do it, have some fun, meet new people...go for it.

    And, if anyone makes some smart a** comment about her age..ignore. You are there for your dog, and yourself.
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    Go for it! You will learn something with regards to running hunt tests and Annie will have a great time retrieving!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mja9346 View Post
    I have a blk female lab who will be turning 7 in November. To make a long story short, this is a dog who had a previous owner and was abused and neglected. I did not get her until she was 4 1/2. At first she was just a pet, but it was quite obvious she had a strong desire to retrieve. I took training very slowly, especially in the beginning because of her past. She hunted with me the past 2 seasons and has done very good considering her past. I have not trained her for any handling but she will do singles and doubles with no problem now. She is steady at the line but can be a little vocal on throws(whining).

    I have never participated in any kind of HT and am very interested in getting into the game. Not as much with Annie, but eventually in the next few years when I buy another dog. Do yall think it would be worth it to run some HT with this dog and for JH level with her soon to be 7yrs old. Im not trying to set the world on fire with her and am honestly am already thrilled this abused and neglected dog has came as far as she is now. I figure it could be good experience for the both of us but know usually the JH level is very young dogs.
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    Thanks for all of the encouragement. I think we would both really enjoy it. Do you think I should go watch a HT before entering one? I have never been to one and really do not know much about them except for what I have read on RTF or from reading the rules and regulations.
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    Absolutely, go for it!
    Have as much fun as you can with her and learn a few things along the way for the next one.
    She deserves the fun with all she has been through.

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