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    Just curious, how do you judge a dog when he goes out to retreive a mark? If he goes out of the area of fall and comes back to it, You start out at a 10 then for everytime he goes out of the fall area and comes back to it, do you mark him down say 1 point for everytime he does that or what?(example; 1st time out down to a 9, second time out down to a 8, third time a 7?) Also on multible retreives,are you more leniate on the 2nd &3rd birds typically? Thanks for responses!

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    I don't judge so much as you describe. I look at the overall picture. If a dog shows positive evidence of a mark by going to the AOF and putting on a reasonable hunt it gets a minimum of a 7. If the dog steps on the bird its a 10, anything inbetween gets an 8 or 9. A dog that hunts out of the area or puts on a really stupid hunt gets a 5 or 6. Dogs that require a handle(99 out of 100 of these do not have any kind of mark) get no better than a 4 on the first handle.

    I give the dog a bigger AOF for each subsequent bird, ie the area of the fall for the first bird down in a multiple is bigger than the AOF for the second, and the second is bigger than that third etc.
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    Very much like Bob describes. I look at the entire retrieve. He is not going to start with a 10 just by going to the AOF, he will have to front foot it for that. You description leaves a lot to be desired. Leaving the AOF means a lot of things. How far out was he? An extended hunt is one thing, but leaving the AOF with no purpose is another.
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    Thanks guys for your responses. My thinking was not so much as a big ,silly hunt. But more so a troubled hunt were the dog shortly extends the AOF and has trouble finding the bird. How long or when is the point of no return in your eyes? Thanks.

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