Have not been to a trial in years. Same questions now as when I quit going.
The dogs that were being run when we quit going would not have stayed on the ground 15 min when PP started. The dogs were Very close on the line and in the check area. To close for me.
If you will watch the judges judge like they like dogs to run. In AKC they use the same rules to run a walkie talkie trial as they do to run a Big Pack trial. All in the way the judge looks at the rules.
What is the answer? Who knows. Good luck.
Woodine made some great points. Getting everyone on same page will be hard. Different regions look at dogs differently.
Good luck to all of you.
Phil, Hope you are doing well. I thought the same thing as you. This has been going on for 15 years or longer. Those were the days when we would pull 50-60 dogs a day. Then that campaign to slow em down destroyed the number of entries.
My opinion as an outsider.....let the dogs run and everyone have fun. You are never going to get every club in the US on the same page. It will never happen. Approach trials like the casino...expect to lose and be happy if you win.
I thank the Lord on the 14th of every August that I never have to worry about this anymore.
PS. Joe and Terry...hope you guys are doing well.
Best to everyone.