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Having a good enough dog is only half the equation. My opinion is almost all Master dogs could be running the Q at FTs.

Here is my answer -- it is time to make the jump when you have demonstrated to yourself that you have the necessary fortitude and dedication to do the necessary training (or spending the money for the pro as the case may be).

To me, that is what the other half is all about. I would say a smart amateur spends six days a week doing serious training. Following a program, isolating concepts, and then testing their application in test scenarios. This also requires grounds and help (training group).

My experience is that is not a big jump for serious HT folk. Many already do that or come close to it, myself included. So the difference is the personal fortitude and dedication.

At least that is how I see it.
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