The above are just some of the things that I have noticed when judging and when just observing runs.Since many on this Board are novice handlers I thought it might be advantageous to point these matters out,as they do apply to points made on this thread.
Oh, I think they absolutly do apply, as a majority of us handling in the lower classes, do aspire to one day particapate in open.
I too get apprehensive when I see the dog on a leash .I make a point of mentioning it to my scribe when I see it.It gives a somewhat negative impression of control.It does not influence how I judge the run however.But human nature being what it is ,if you have a negative initial feeling ,then unconscientiously more points may be deducted than on another run.
This was what I was wondering, though it doesnt influence how you judge, it could be cause for points off, because of an intitial impression. I tend to be competitive by nature, and hence, my ideas are formed due to my nature. When I go at some thing, I can be rather anal about it, and lean towards perfection (wether I get there is a whole nuther story
) but being competitive by nature, makes me try to complete each phase of the work so that the whole picture flows along from begining to end, ( from one phase to another )hopefully giving it an effortless and perfect ( to the best of my ability )picture. I tend to look at what I expect in the end product from the very begining. I understand that in stockdog training, alot of the "polish" comes later in the training, but I also, for the same token, think that, that is how we leave holes in our training, because we expect things to come later, that we could be working on sooner, instead of finding those holes on the trial field, and getting points off. Again, it is my competitiveness, having the idea of doing well, and getting a decent score, and even perhaps placing, that drives me to these notions. Wether they're right or wrong, I cannot exbound upon, because I havent enough experience to base it on. But I like to know what is expected, more than simply what my dog and I can get by with. Please dont hold that last sentence aginst me, it is not aimed at anyone, just my way of thinking. ( I did say I was rather anal)