Competition does not build character - It reveals it.
FC/AFC Freeridin Wowie Zowie (2003 NARC Finalist)
FC/AFC Sky Hy Husker Power
FC/AFC Freeridin Smooth Operator
FC/AFC Freeridin Vampire Slayer (2007 NARC Finalist)
AFC Freeridin Maserati (Double Header Winner)
FC/AFC Freeridin Miss Kitty (Qualified for 2015 NRC and 2016 NARC)
Not many retired guns in derbies...
I read your definition of "reluctance" as being a slow or unstylish entry. Seems to be a different part of the rule book does it not?
Well this settles it I can stop training 6 days a week no need to train water as long as she pins birds.
No need to go straight not to disturb cover that's not on line. Looks like she's going to win every trial
We can run along With every other dog entered. We're all winners kinda reminds me of t-ball )))))
If a dog runs around water it absolutely lacks courage if it runs around cover it absolutely lacks courage
So if two dogs were evenly matched!!completely matched!! going into the 4th series dog a runs the bank pins bird
Dog b swims to bird pins bird dog a wins and judges should give a better effort when setting marks and or shouldn't judge their buddies
Ok, from a rookie point of view. I agree with and understand Mr. Shih. A derby should be about marking not about trainability, with that said if the marks are well place and the dog cheats or avoids cover would it not put the dog in a bad position to get the marks clean?, just asking. Why would someone consider if a dog avoid water, he/she lack courage, from my limited understanding a dogs prey drive tells him to get the bird as quick as possible and water slows him down. Even though I am a rookie, I would not run derbies until my dog is ready and understands staying in and not avoiding cover...bigger goal is AA stakes and I do not want to create bad habits in the derby. When I think my 10 month old is ready I will run her in the derby but if she tries to cheat, I will use the whistle and suck up my 80 or so dollars. The most discouraging thing about this sport is the rule book is right there for every one to read, however rules are not always applied and sometimes just flat out ignored but hey I love to watch my dogs run and love to play the game. Mr. shih, I really have enjoyed your insight on my limited time on RTF!