I have seen a few threads on the best young dog trainers. Always names like Jim Van Engan, Bruce Curtis, Al Arthur...ect.. come up. I will call them for the sake of this question first tier trainers for basics. Then there are a number of 2nd tier trainers mostly in the hunt test world. Good guys but usually a little less experienced and smaller operations/grounds...ect... Question:
1. Is there a really difference in quality for basics. Dog tier 1's force fetch a lot better then a good tier 2, or is the difference more in the field work.
2. Is there a difference in the basic field work and yard work for the field trial prospect and the hunt test prospect. for instance if you put you dog with say Jim Van Engan the field work will be focused more on laying the foundation for field trials. If you have a MH/HRCH track dog will this add to the dog or is it better to work with the 2nd tier pro that will do field work more focused on those tracks. for instance, more walking out and shooting birds close to simulate HRCH stuff.