Is it that the dog is so trusting that he/she just works the trial like a programmed machine? Or so conditioned? Or...? I've heard of dogs performing well in these instances w/ new handlers, some even winning trials. Not sure if this is still done today, but you have a dog owned, trained and worked by someone else and then "handled" by a "stranger" on the field. How does that usually turn out? Is this bond such a necessary thing for the dog to be successful?
I'm sure if you're handling and trialing your own dog, this is necessary. I am a believer that it is.
Just throwing out some opposing questions for "banter."
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
The time when screech owls and Bandogges howl and spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves.
Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"