>>>The difficult, perhaps impossible, task is convincing the
owner that the training books and clinics are screwing up their
all you see is poorly adapted and poorly trained gun dogs you
basis for comparison, you have no opportunity to see what a dog
do because all you see are cripples. Should we discuss how to
crippled bird dog?
To some degree we have a similar problem over here.
People compare their dogs to other dogs they have seen. If you never have seen
the crème de la crème, the best of the best, you do not know where you are with
your dog/-s. You may even have one that belongs among the best and you do not
know about it. This is common with those who hunts only and do not give a damn
about the trials. You don't have to trial your dog but you could go to see a
trial before you breed from your own dog. It doesn't hurt but would broaden your
There is a problem here since not all trials hold
the same class. The first spaniel trial I ever saw was a special one for the so
called dual purpose (=neither purpose, not good show dogs and not good working
dogs)spaniels. No working spaniel with some self-respect would have started
there. To my luck I had in advance seen enough of true working spaniel videos to
understand that this was not the "real" thing so I did not turn my back to
the working spaniel world after seeing the first trial.
However, there are folks with rather mediocre dogs
that truly, really believe they are good. The reason is simply that they have
never seen anything better, or even worse - anything else for that
matter. Unless they breed from their "super star" there is nothing wrong with
that. If they admire their dog then they are happy and hence the dog
is most likely happy also and that's what it is all about. Problem starts
when they decide to take a litter so that they can have a progeny from their
loved one. The litter will be 9 puppies large and they sell 8 of them and spread
the un-trialled genes around. It is easy to calculate the impact those dogs will
have at least on a breed that is small in population, regionally or nationally.
My first dog, the Klenier Munsterlander was one of that kind.
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