For me, it's all about duck hunting. I can recall going one time without my dog in the last 5 or 6 years. It's not the same without a dog & I'm just not all about chasing cripples or even wading to get the ducks. Most people that I know who run FTs, also hunt. Whether a handler decides to hunt is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned. The real travesty is when the dogs don't get to go hunting. Say what you want, I believe they love the real thing much more. Shoot a few mallards up close & personal or have them chase a cripple in a cypress lake or field and you'll see how happy the can really get. Again, that's just my opinion.