Hi all. Been gone for a while.
Things have changed here it appears.
My comment/question is this.
And I have thought about this for some time.
Some of us have discussed it.
What is the influence and reason for the distance changes at the Master level?
Is it because AKC wants less passes? If the test is to the standards and the dogs all pass or all fail so be it.
Is it because, Master National wants to make it tougher to qualify? Shame on the influence to those that don't care about the Master National.
Is it because some/many judges can't set up challenging marks at the shorter distances? Big problem then.
I don't buy that the dogs are that much better that we need longer marks. Because a
good judge can set up a challenging, fair, no trickery test and not need exceed 80 yards
and still challenge the dogs currently running at this level.
Will it add more time to each run, especially if the thought is that it might cause
more dogs difficulty by being supposedly more challenging? What does that do to clubs regarding help, time, etc?
What about the need for a certain number of marks in each series. It takes away creativity. Like the use of double doubles, some delays without having a
cluster of birds thrown, etc.
I am curious what others think.
I am not so sure they are good changes.
Are our abilities to actually judge dogs based on what we see and know of dog work being diminished?
As opposed to judging by the rules ("Must")