If the handler is restraining their dog, doesn't the gun just interfere with that?
Is that not the reason you are training your dog? Read the purpose for all of these tests. They are to find out if the dog will make a "suitable hunting companion" No distinction is made as to the level of test. Only that they are to be looked at as a dog you would spend the day with.If you are hunting with your Junior hunter, would you be carrying a gun???
Ken, I totally agree and did not make that clear. All the young dogs we have ever had in a blind have been on a short lead that is attached to the floor of the blind.. Sorry for the confusion. But please read the first response I made. I state that when on the way to the blind when hunting you should always have an unloaded gun. And not having to shoulder a gun in JR I feel is proper and safe while gently restraing the dog.I am an AVID waterfowler and I would NEVER NEVER NEVER be shooting birds while I had hold of my dogs lead. Clipped to the ground probably but NEVER in my hand.