I have a dog with an AKC Senior Title, and now have 3 master passes. I train wtih a few HRC guys and wanted to start playing in HRC as well. I am considering which level to begin at. Conceptually, we are running master level pretty well, but of course the format differences have me wondering if maybe we should begin at the seasoned level for the dog to get used to marking with no call from the gunner station, shooting from the line, etc. Has anyone else started HRC after AKC? Did you start with seasoned to try and get the dog acclimated to another fomat or did you go to Finished right away?
I know the dog can do the work, but again, just curious how anyone else's experience has gone. We do train both ways, and actually the dog tends to crouch sometimes out of excitement (not vocal, doesn't creep much, but does crouch), and I am thinking that the HRC format will help reduce that with the absence of calling/shooting from the gunner station.
Curious on some feedback! Thanks everyone.