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Is a walkup appropriate for an AKC Junior Hunt Test?

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I believe the walk-up in Junior HT's is a valid test.
It's an exposure to a situation a young dawg may encounter.

Though I probably may not use this as my first single, I do believe in challenging the handler and the dawg and building to a cresendo as the marks progress.

At the same time, I also will spend the time in the scenario discussion to explain to the handlers what I expect, and try to make them comfortable with the test. Even to the point of how to work the lead and instructing the dawg to sit at the attention getting sound, so the dawg see's the mark.

The judges also need to be in control of the test so that the handler is not dragging behind as Mariam described.

Test them, but be fair. They're our future.
 
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