Wayne or others...So if each line was the side of a football,with each end being the line and the bird ,with 1 being more on the land side and the other side took more water,the dog that stayed in the water would score lower?
For discussion reasons lets say they both "marked "equal and that was the only deciding factor?
I'm still very new in comparison to most,but how could the judge score an assumption that the dog that stayed in the water wasn't naturally more of a watery dog?
I agree with Ted and Howard.
I watched a series that wasn't a derby but the line to the long retired bird caught about 10 feet of a cove, dog a went fat in the water and curved back in and front footed the bird while dog B got his feet barely wet and front footed the mark. Both were off line, both showed excellent marking, but the one that got too much water won. Most onlookers agreed that the one that went fat in the water was better, but he was further off the perfect line than the other dog and both showed they marked the bird perfectly.
It's nice if you can set up a mark that makes the cheating dog get lost. Most places don't allow you to do that though.
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