: FWIW, I am also not a fan of a handler
: looking at their dog in the eye and
: hollering WHOA immediately before going in
: to flush. I won't pick up a dog because of
: it.,..but you just made placing that dog a
: whole lot harder IMHO.
Damn Ray, If I'd done that, in some trials I might not have had enough dogs for three placements! There was a pro handler back in the day that was particularly bad that way iirc. He would whoa a dog multiple times while standing right in front of the dog before he flushed. I'd usually tell the other judge, "Kinda makes me wonder if that dog is really broke" Harry