Sorry if the thread title is misleading. I enjoy the nostalgia and history of the dog games. As a newcomer to trials, I love reading about and hearing about dogs long gone. In a recent thread, Dr. Ed and others who have been around the game a while, talked about some great dogs.
I am interested to know what experiences you have with puppies who show a great deal of promise. What does that look like? All of us think our puppies are great, but the reality is- I've never ran or made an AFC dog, so what would I know about how those dogs looked at a young age? For example, I have read that Lottie showed great promise at a young age. She won her first derby I believe at 11 months! Yes...I have a couple of young dogs. Yes...I think they are awesome. No...I wouldn't wager any money they will ever win a Q much less an open lol. I'm just interested to know what "showed great promise as a puppy" or "NAFC Fido was a great marker as a puppy" looks like. I've had 8-9 month old puppies pick up 300 plus yard singles, but the field had few factors. Those same pups would have looked silly on a 75 yard cheaty mark landing in thick cover as a check down lol.
What could some of the "great" ones do at a young age?