How cool is that?
Now you have both a goal AND a plan! As you work toward getting that well trained dawg, there are two other things you can work on simultaneously that will help that well trained dawg succeed. Your handling skills and becoming a team with with yer dawg.
I hear you, and I think you are at least partially right.
However, not included in the above calculations is the cost of the time off from work to train and trial. If I am not at my desk, I am not making money.
In the short term or the long term, it would be light years more economically efficient for me to specialize in my business and let an FT pro specialize in his. I pay to have my grass cut because I can use the 2 hours it would take me to do it to make much more money than it costs me. Same principle would apply here. Why would I not extend it on to handling the dog? And don't forget that I would likely not even be considered for a pup from a really good breeding without a commitment to send the pup to a really good trainer for about a year.
Let me also say that I do not have an FT dog, likely will not have one, and probably don't want one precisely because of the reasons cited above. I don't think I would ever have time to get good enough as a handler to do a talented dog real justice, mainly because I have other things I like to do too (Alabama football games, anyone?), and I am not sure I could just be a dog owner with the dog spending nearly all his time with a pro.
Last edited by RookieTrainer; 11-29-2012 at 03:27 PM.
For those of us who are obsessed, we are obviously not thinking this through in economical terms, I'd put a bullit in my head if I did that.
Who cares? Everyone has a choice to run or not run their dog as they see fit. I know what I prefer but don't lose sleep over another's choice.
Last edited by kjrice; 11-29-2012 at 04:25 PM.
A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths.