Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, SH
Last edited by john fallon; 01-17-2013 at 05:13 PM.
"i guess the old saying 'those of us that think we know everything annoy those of you that does' " --bobbyb 9/13/06
"A Good Dog is a Good Dog"
I always wondered about people saying too many Derbies ruining a dog. Then the same dog is double staked in the Open and the Am. 20 times a year for the next 5 years.
Never heard anyone say that running 10 series at a National would ruin a dog either.
The Derby is the most "fun" phase of the "Field trial experience."
Last edited by John Lash; 01-19-2013 at 08:41 AM.
"If you run Field Trials, you learn to swallow your disappointment quickly."
"Field trials are not a game for good dogs. They're for great dogs with great training." E. Graham
It really depends on the dog. If you have a Steady Eddie, I don't see the problem. Running mine helped her.
my dogs never "cheat the water"......hell, they avoid it altogether. btw if i didn't hang with folks who are laughing at my dogs i would be lonely.
"the really smart ones get there the fastest way possible, we are training the hunting ability out of our dogs." -Robert Milner......did robert say that of was it me?
if i look pissed off its just my personlity, didnt mean any harm.
Ok, so this is what I've gathered from this conversation regarding running your pup in the derby:
•Training: Do yourself a favor and get pup through Swim-by, water decheating. Make sure pup can do LOOONG marks and long tricky doubles.
•Maturity or Steadiness: If you have a crazy lunatic who is only steady with an e collar on its neck, may want to work on steadiness and let pup mature before running.
•Readiness: If you have a pup who's steady when flyers are being shot as the first mark of a double and remains steady for the second mark, can run a decent line through land/water combos and is a really good marker at 350 yards - then go and have fun at the derby.
Bonus: If you meet all the above requirements, you can almost immediately enter the next phase of competition when you have aged out of Derby (as long as you've been training for blinds).
Any corrections or additions?
Maintain your standards.
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