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Dog is left sided only, and I shoot right handed naturally.

Is there an advantage when handling the gun on the same side as the dog for tests? I think the gun would be in the dogs peripheral and be another tool in helping the dog move to the next mark. I also think its easier for me to see the dog in my peripheral giving me more info on how well they have seen the marks.

I've been working on it some, but have some work to do in movement at the line, and operating the gun in as smooth a manner left handed as I do right handed. Is it worth the time, or isn't it as much of an advantage since the dogs are used to me hunting and handling the gun from the right side? One dog is HRCH titled and the other is 6 for 6 at HRC tests, but I'm planning on running the grand in the future and trying an SRS amateur. Thanks for the feedback.
 

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When I run hunt tests, I'll switch the gun from rh to left as you describe. I know others that do it as well. It takes a little practice on your part, but I find it helpful and worth the effort.
 

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When I run hunt tests, I'll switch the gun from rh to left as you describe. I know others that do it as well. It takes a little practice on your part, but I find it helpful and worth the effort.
Kinda funny. I'm right handed but have shot left handed since my early teens because my left eye is stronger than my right. I find that the gun being on the same side as the dog blocks my view of him so I switch to holding the gun right handed for tests.

Whatever works for you, works. And, to the OP, sounds like your dogs have done well from the right side up to now.


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Kinda funny. I'm right handed but have shot left handed since my early teens because my left eye is stronger than my right. I find that the gun being on the same side as the dog blocks my view of him so I switch to holding the gun right handed for tests.

Whatever works for you, works. And, to the OP, sounds like your dogs have done well from the right side up to now.


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I find that if I have a wide swing to the right (with my 1 sided dog), I can't watch my dog with the gun shouldered on right. I'll switch to left shoulder and lean toward the dog. I think it keeps me more centered. This is the way I learned to run HRC tests and its second nature now.
 
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