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: I've seen a lot of guys (pro and amateur)
: stroke up a dogs tail before the flush.
: When I was judging, I never objected to
: that. You guys that are judging today -
: what's your opinion on that tactic?
: Harry -
: I don't want a handler to touch their dog
: when they approach a point unless it is to
: relocate or to collar it away. I consider
: that training/correction.
I have to disagree - I don't consider that training, I think that it's an attempt to show the dog to better advantage. As a judge, if I didn't like it, I would mentally count it against the dog but I would never refuse to place a dog if it happened several times. Of course, I'm now 87 and haven't judged in 10 years so I bow to your expertise.
I was the kind of judge that always wanted to give the dog a break. Of course, I would penalize a dog for a major error but I would overlook some lesser things that other judges might penalize. And of course, I agree with the "anything but a delayed chase" philosophy. I would also let a dog continue after an error if there was no interference with the bracemate. I have told more than one handler, "I can't use your dog but you paid your entry fee and if you want to continue running, go ahead," thus allowing a "training session".
Funny story, funny to me anyway. I saw an amateur handler put his dog in front of him on his horse and carry the dog across a fairly large water hazard, Doc Flanagan was judging and he told the handler to pick his dog up. "Why," the handler asked and Doc explained. The handler's response was, "Dave Grubb does that all the time." Doc's reply was, "You ain't Dave Grubb!" as he wheeled his horse and rode away.