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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2011, 10:10 PM
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Well, I can tell what we do in our testing of prospects. Each test in a different area

Test 1: Throw the ball into a kudzu patch or tall brush......we expect the dog to come out with the ball

Test 2: Throw the ball with dog watching but delays of 30 and 60 seconds

Test 3: Throw the ball and turn the dog around - walk in circles- turn him loose away from throw area.

Test 4: Put up dog throw ball, bring him back to different area hold out hands and see what he does.

In all cases the dog should search energetically and without ending the search until he finds it.

The K9 officer who assessed my dog also threw different toys (incluidng metal pipes) into all kinds of ridiculous areas, in tunnels, under vehicles, etc to guage nerve at the same time.

We do nothing to encourage the dog - tall grass and kudzu are both pretty good because they are hard for the dog to visually mark the landing spot.

To be honest though, that is a baseline. Where you really tell is when you are working the dogs. Are they working, what happens as trails get older or search areas get bigger? How reliable? A dog can pass these simple tests and still wash out. Others may not pass but may be given a change at trailing......(Can you see a bloohound looking for a tennis ball?)

We give a 2nd chance to dogs who are not used to playing ball. Some dogs have this brought out but you can't put it in - if a dog won't hunt he wont hunt.


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