You can't blame bad handling for all errors. There are dogs who move from the handler and do their own thing for a bit. I don't believe it is stress or whatever....I think it is something the dog merely wants to do at that moment. Visiting a helper or taking a run at the judge is just what it looks like....fun. Taking a tunnel repeatedly is a blast. I also believe some handlers are quick to make excuses for the dog. What you see happening in the ring tends to happen during training. Some dogs are just unfocused and not the best workers. QUOTE]
I guess I really wasn't blaming bad handling for every error although I see it sounded like that..lol..but I do think stress is a factor. I also think if the dogs are doing it in training wtf are they doing at a trial. JMO but if my dog can't do it right in training and I can't do it right in training then what are we doing at a trial?
I think for many people trialing isn't just about running and Qs. It expands into a social outlet and interaction between like minded people. So even if your dog is wild in the ring and not improving, it isn't your primary reason for being there.
Over a year ago I joined a training club. Really nice place with very helpful trainers. I only attended a few lessons because the club was about 50 miles away. While waiting for my first class with Bacchus I noticed a woman with a small cattle dog. That dog was fast! But not accurate. The owner was there for her private lesson and her big problem was the weaves. The dog simply could not get through them cleanly. That was last year. I have occasionally run into her at the trials since then and she is still having the same problem with weaves. I don't think I have ever seen her Q in excellent standard. I guess I am trying to say is that some handlers hope that if they enter a trial enough times, at some point the dog has got to Q.
Just a thought.....