Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: What is the minium reaction for:
Well, the ideal reaction is none at all. But if the dog flinches, looks away for a moment and then looks back to the handler, gets a bit excited, and other minor reactions, depending on the judge and level you're trialing for, the judge may or may not care. At worst, it will be be a minor point deduction. Or there may not be a point deduction, but it will be commented on in the critique. Really it depends on the judge, how the dog reacts, and how that individual judge interprets the cause of the dog's reaction. If the judge sees the dog react and questions the reaction, he can also ask for additional gunshots to see how the dog reacts to those.
It would take the dog completely freaking out for it to be dismissed due to gunshot sensitivity though. Anything short of that is a minor point deduction. Of course, a dog with gun issues may also break his long down during the gunshots, and if that happens it brings with it a much larger point deduction, and the potential for a serious mess if he doesn't come back under control quickly.
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