The words above in bold sums it up. I don't see the point in attaining titles so quickly. What's the point? Bragging rights?It seems like many people are getting their dogs titled at higher levels at rather young ages now, maybe it is just experienced training that is allowing trainers to train younger dogs more efficiently, but many times a dog will get his JH title when it is 1 then its 2nd year earns a SH title and at 3 to 4 many dogs recieve their MH title, this is just what I have seen with quite a few dogs. Granted there are always variables and no true time limits. It is usually the owners ambition and the dogs maturity level, if a dog is trained 3 to 6 days a week then they will be ready sooner. I didnt get into hunt tests till my dog was 2 so I am off by a year but she will be 4 - (I hope) when she gets her MH - for me it is time and money for the Hunt tests. each year I can afford about 5 to 7 hunt tests which includes driving and lodging - it all adds upto about 1000 a title which is why many people are starting to skip JH and go strait to SH. If you have more dogs then it can be reduced but each weekend runs about 150 to 300 dollars depending on the drive and where you stay and if it is a double hunt test weekend or a single. Good luck.
If you are trying to build a time line or have a measuring stick to guage your dog's progress, I'd say that is fine, but just remember that each dog and each trainer are unique. Trying to cram a dog into a certain time line, more often than not, leads to lower standards and chronic problems.Is there an average age for obtaining a senior/seasoned title and master/finished. Just curious.
Absolutely and if the OP had asked what the youngest dog to get a senior or a master title was that would have been a big tip off. But since he asked for the average age for a title then I would think he is wondering if he is on par with training. Or he just might be a numbers freak like me and some of us just like average dogs.I might have this wrong because I don't run hunt tests, but it's always been my perception that worrying about the age a dog titles is just another version of - my dog is better than your dog.
Sounds about right. Same goes for field trials. Just read an add for studs or litters and you see folks marketing based on how young the dog was when it obtained x title.I might have this wrong because I don't run hunt tests, but it's always been my perception that worrying about the age a dog titles is just another version of - my dog is better than your dog.
IMHO publishing a set of the average age for receiving one title will not help the newby's. The biggest problem in running young dogs for the fast acqusition of titles is that it just creates bad habits that will cause considerably more problems (line manners, cheating) when you advance. Better to progress through the titles and enjoy them with a dog that is under control than get sucked into the my dog was a blah blah at this age. Long time ago we didn't have titles that young dogs could run for (HT) so most people didn't break them out until they were competitive say at 20 months. Those that were competitive in derby's early often suffer the same fate, out of control line manners, unless they are run by seasoned trainers who have high standards in training always.
And that is very very good advice! Wait till the dog and you are ready for the test before entering. Take your time especially with your first dog. Go to a lot of club training days and run and ask the helpful pros or good amatuers if they think you are ready and what you need to work on.pay VERY close attention to what was stated above...
Whats your hurry?