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    What do you suppose the percentages are of HT folks who have never hunted and don't want to hunt (or just can't hit anything aimed at) who nevertheless love running the dogs at HT's (or FT's)?

    Related Question: How many women discovered retriever work because hubby brought home a hunting dog he never had time to train?
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    I suppose the % of non hunting folks is very high. I have always hunted but find most of the people running the AKC tests do not. I don't feel that makes them less dedicated to their dogs or to this sport.

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    At least at AKC events, the whole duck call thing doesn't serve as a source of humiliation.

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    I suspect there is a larger percentage of AKC handlers who do not hunt than the percentage of HRC handlers that do not hunt. Just a guess.
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    Just an observation in my very limited experience, in the Spaniel tests the percentage of AKC handlers who hunt is much larger than in the retriever tests. Just from general chat in the galleries, it seems like almost all of them do.


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    I suspect there is a larger percentage of AKC handlers who do not hunt than the percentage of HRC handlers that do not hunt. Just a guess.

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    I don't hunt my hubby used to with his lab years ago. He says he wants to with the 2 we have now but hasn't.

    I got into hunt tests when we were looking for our lab, it was suggested we go to a test and talk to people. It was so cool watching the dogs work. I think I only saw junior and senior tests too. It's a training thing for me. The more I learn about training in any discipline, the more I want to learn.

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    I hunt and I have run both AKC / HRC. There is nothing like seeing all your hard work pay off!! You ought to see the look on your hunting buddy's face when your HRCH/MH dog nails mark after mark and then picks up half a dozen blinds because your other buddies on the other end of the pond don't have a dog to pick up all thier downed woodies.
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    Most of the people I train with are duck hunters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxs Mom View Post
    I don't hunt my hubby used to with his lab years ago. He says he wants to with the 2 we have now but hasn't.

    I got into hunt tests when we were looking for our lab, it was suggested we go to a test and talk to people. It was so cool watching the dogs work. I think I only saw junior and senior tests too. It's a training thing for me. The more I learn about training in any discipline, the more I want to learn.

    I won't handle a gun. It's why hubby runs my dog HRC. If AKC goes that road ever, I will be an owner watching.
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    The best AKC and HRC tests Ive ran is when the Judges say this is a hunt test, were hunters and we are here to judge hunting retrievers. Never heard a handler complain about blowing a duck call to start the test but many when a duck call is used behind the line to start the test.


    as a percentage to hunt I would guess about 60/40?
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    I don't object to the hunting scenarios and accouterments. I actually enjoy it. (It illuminates for me why the things we train for... are so important.) I don't object to the duck calls and my dog could handle any distraction you can throw at her. It's just when I blow one (like on our training days) it's pathetic. Might as well give me a kazoo.

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