In an interview on the stunning new Field Trial website, Strideway, winning cover dog trial owner, trainer and handler, Joe McCarl, made the following comment...
"It’s critical to let the dog figure out how to handle game. After all, I can’t smell the bird so how can I tell the dog where to stop? I have had some judges tell me they don’t like a dog self-relocating before the flush. I disagree, I want the dog pinning the bird, not pointing where it was feeding a few minutes ago and suffering an unproductive."
The value of ground time and wild birds... no substitute.
4 days ago