Well in the spirit of helping others and not everytime do we have "sucess" along the bumpy road of training our dogs...
Niki and I didn't have the best results at her NA test.. She failed to "prize" as for whatever reason refused to point a bird. Frustrating to say the least as I expected to easily walk away with a prize 1.. I guess overconfidence has a way to come back and bite you..
She "aced" the tracking part which is what I was concerned with, as well she aced the swimming portion. She just wouldn't point a bird.. It could have been partly due to the day long of pouring down rain as the other participants all had issues as well. The only other thing was that she had never seen or smelled a Chukar before. Not sure if that would have any bearing or not.. Below is a comment that I received from one of the judges.. I give credit to all of the judges as they gave her every possible chance and they tried to set her up for sucess but she just chose to wander on in and chase versus point.
I'm disappointed in the results but it was just not "her day"...
I still had fun even though I was soaked to the bone like everyone else. I met some nice people and learned a lot from my first time ever experience with NAVHDA..
I agree with you 100%...right on brotha!!!!!!
Indeed tests and letters after the dogs name on paper do not make better hunters.
NA test is just a good indicator of a pups potential...........but on a day as you described its unrealistic to expect a pup to show its full possible potential...heck seasoned dogs struggle some when conditions go bad.
A bird in a launcher is able to fly,it is being restrained by unnatural forces. A wet bird,wounded bird and dead bird give off a different scent. A dog should know the difference,experience teaches this.
Yes, testing is an excellent way of begining to know which litters are worth looking at. It does not tell you however how the ability,temperment and health of each pup.Truth is, depending on the testing sysytem, you don't know the health and temperment of the dog tested,anyway.