Is there a list of key bird skills to be a finalist?
I don't know if there's a list, but if you're a finalist your dog certainly has some key bird skills.
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Non judgmental includes "best job of the day"? It's true I've seen very little disparaging comments, but maybe some extra enthusiasm for some? Also a lot of holes. I understand the techno problems causing delays, but how do they skip over reports? I am enjoying the blog, just wish I could keep up a little better.
Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
Fifth series, second day, finishing up.
Stronger breeze left to right seems to have made the left flyer work generally better, and the right retired generally worse. Also possible handlers have concentrated so hard in preparation on bringing the left bird home, they forgot the formidability of the long retired.
The long retired is 310 yards, thrown up the side of a hill in heavy cover. You need a strong dog with tons of desire just to be willing to do it after hunting for two flyers in a hot sun.
The test is still a ball buster.
Drive is the manifestation of Desire, and measured in Style.
Thank you judges who score Style, you are preserving Desire!
I'm not saying this as related to the current nat'l tests. I'm not there and cannot judge the setups but I don't think that any judge should just setup a test so difficult that only the lucky survive & so just sit back and fold pages or (to address you ridiculous example) so easy that the entire field is successful. The skilled judge sets up difficult tests that provide separation between the dogs so that clear-cut callbacks can be made & eventually pick a winner. Sure a limited number of dogs will pick up on a difficult test, some more will have extended hunts on a bird or two, but some will drill the test. And from the separation gained from a difficult yet fair test, the skilled judge will JUDGE the dogs to make his callbacks. No problem to document those dogs that picked up, but the judge must discern good work from poor work in difficult but good, fair setups.
My whole point to comment were the posts by some that advocate for tests where dogs eliminate themselves, making the erroneous equivocation that to drop dogs otherwise is to pencil them out - to which I strong disagree.
Last edited by Granddaddy; 06-19-2013 at 01:46 PM.
David Didier, GA