I would like to get some opinions on the purpose of a Test Dog.
Information about the test is provided whether the dog fails or passes the test. In addition to mechanics handlers still deed to know: wind, terrain, visibility of the dog enroute and at the bird, lighting, shadows, etc. The handler of the test dog has a responsibilty to have an appropriate dog (a test dog is not just a warm body) and should be instructed to pick up every bird. As a handler the test dog that has problems with the test tells me more than the one that nails every bird. As judge I can see if there is anything I did not consider.Wade said:How do you feel about Test Dogs that do nothing? What I mean is, the dog fails to get to the blind or fails to pick up all 3 birds of a set up?
What has been learned by you the handler or the judge?
I'll take over qualified any day vs watching a dog screw around for 10 minutes and not pick up any chickens :?flywaylabs said:
Uncle Bill said:Sometimes the judges have no choice. The host club is supposed to provide a 'qualified' test dog, but even in HRC where the judges almost always use one of theirs, if they are judging a lower level, they might have to use an overqualified dog. Mox Nix. It shows the mechanics of the test, puts some scent on the ground, starts some 'drag-back' conditions, and still provides some insite for those willing to watch and learn.