Last edited by John Robinson; 04-09-2013 at 12:40 PM.
Had an 8 year old break on a cold honor after running very good land and water blind in an Open. She never put her butt on the ground. Awesome!
Decoys, cold honors, and bulldogs are becoming relics of the past in field trials, in the past 5 years when judging I have done one of the three (cold honor), have had decoys already there on several occassions, but have not done a bulldog in a very long time, I plan to put that on my to do list!
I think Ted is referring to other possible inconsistencies like the timing of the throw, if the dog is looking, maybe there is a bird wing blocking the dog's vision, etc. rather than the placement of the bird, but then again I'm usually wrong...
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Most of the time with some ofthe old school stuff, especially in the amateur, it rattles the handlers more then dogs.
A few years back judged amateur, put a dry shot as the dog walked to the line, hidden behind a bush, about ten yards from the running line. Handlers were very nervous, land blind was in a limited area, we didn't get much out ofthe blind, dogs ran themselves, diversion was a waste of time. Put in my little book, ok done that, don't do it again. Haven't seen a bulldog in a long, long time. Master hunt test dogs or finished dogs train on it all the time. Bulldog definition, diversion bird thrown as dog returns with a retrieved mark. Boats in our neck of the woods aren't used too often because of technical water available. Threw a couple of boat birds judging a amateur a few years back, now that was interesting watching dogs hunt behind the boats. Rat traps or floaters , shoreline or out to sea, were often used in water tests, don't see much anymore. Maybe bring some of this back in field trials, rather then one long swim will get you all the answers
You need or how tight can we get our marks. My co-judge and myself set up a set of ticky tacky water blinds a few years ago, dropped many dogs because of failures, some all-age dogs just don't handle very well on shorter blinds. Got accused of setting up a hunt test in a field trial. So be it. Maybe judges should be a little more creative, without tricking the dogs, rather then whatever they saw at the last weekend trial or what the pros set up at their training session.
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