Didn't want to continue to lead another thread down a rabbit hole, so decided to start a new one. I was surprised that quite a few people feel strongly that dogs should not be allowed in the gallery. I find it very interesting that at an event designed to display the training of dogs intended to hunt waterfowl, we wouldn't expect that both the dog at the line and the dog in the gallery would be properly trained to deal with that situation.
Shouldn't our dogs be trained to sit calmly on lead while other dogs are working? Shouldn't our dogs be trained to focus on the task at hand when other dogs are present?
Has basic obedience and "citizenship" become so subordinate to training for the actual marks and blinds that we expect the working dogs to be distracted or expect the dog in the gallery to be disruptive?
I submit that dogs that cannot perform in either situation are not ready to go waterfowl hunting. Am I wrong?