You know tha, for some judges, style overrides actual hunting. I think the find and race are more important.
Too many hudges that have little wild bird huntng experience, IMO.
: I have a dog I ran in a couple shooting dog
: championships this year. She is a stylish
: outside shooting dog that I usually train on
: wild birds.
: So in two different championships, she had a
: very stylish high tailed back, multiple high
: tailed finds, the strongest forward ground
: However in both Championships she was found
: ahead on point with her tail level on one
: In the first championship it was pointing at
: a fallen tree with lots of cover. I flushed
: and flushed and finally showed the judge the
: bird. She had a find later with good style.
: In the second find we found her well ahead
: on point and a bird in sight. She had
: skidded sideways to a stop and seemed to be
: almost falling sideways. I scrutinized the
: situation to try to see why her tail was
: down. I believe the Judge told me too bad
: she let down on that find.
: Another gallery member told me that I should
: have sent her on when she pointed with a low
: I was wondering what you all thought about
: this. Is a low tailed find a fault (when
: there were many other high tailed finds and
: backs), is it a nothing, is it something you
: should take your dog on for.
: I think this goes back to I like a shooting
: dog with a strong race that hunts like I am
: horseback hunting wild birds, taking draws
: and treelines, running to objectives.
: Whereas others may find it more important to
: be right at 12:00 and have a 12:00 tail
: every find. Maybe I need to run the correct
: dog under the right judges?
: Don't get me wrong. This dog has a strong
: forward race (or the strongest forward
: race), is not the dog that finds the birds
: on the horsepath or next to the road and dug
: up finds and looks good going and on point
: and backs (except one of multiple finds).
: Help me get a winning approach/understanding
: of this for me.