I don’t know if “everybody wants the highest scoring stud.” The people I train with, the breeders I’ve been around, don’t invest that much in points. I know it happens, but it really doesn’t affect me. I’m not buying from those people anyways. People want to see highish scores, but they don’t have to be the top 5 national scoring dogs or the WUSV team members. Sure, proportionately those dogs get more studs than others, but at the end, it’s still not as much as many of us think.
The training…well that just depends on the club you go to. In my group, we do things that the dog needs which are based on what it will see on the Schutzhund field, but they are extremely far from what actually happens on the trialing field. My bitch for instance, hasn’t barked in a blind for about a month now. But she’s barked in dark corners, around other people, with the helper in a chair, helper on a couch, helper on a bowflex, ect. Many times from what I’ve seen…this also takes a very competent and willing helper, which from what I’ve seen isn’t very easy to find.
Don’t get me wrong, I love these discussions, but I always want an actual solution and not just a bitch session about the current system. Like you said about your idea, the randomness, it will keep away anyone that’s pretty serious and more than likely making some sort of money off of their dogs. I know that in my area, there is no way the police department would allow one of their dogs in such an event…the ramifications of the public seeing their dog possibly “fail” at something would be huge when each dog has at least $15,000 in public funds invested in it. It’s something that sounds super fun, and something that someone like me would definitely try, but sorry not spending hundreds to get out to California for a fun-match. I think for people in our position, who are just starting in the sport, these types of ideas are fun and fresh, but if we were further along in our dog careers, with more to lose, the thought process to go into one of these things would for sure be different.
To me, the biggest issue isn’t helping people that “know” figure out a good dog from a bad one. Most of us who have seriously done this sport for a year or two with proper guidance can easily pick a good dog from a bad one just by watching a single training session. But the biggest issue is how to help those that don’t know much figure out which dogs are good and which dogs have had the best marketing.