UKC Forum Member
Registered: Dec 2006
Location: Springfield, Ga.
I think no one really got the jist of what I was saying. I am saying don't change anything. A warning is nothing more than a fight promotion. If they have shown enough aggression to get a warning, scratch them. That's what we are supposed to be doing now, but it isn't happening. The rest of that crap I wrote was just to get some folks to think about the kind of dog they are bringing to hunts. Most that have a mean dog, knows it. Most that have a tree jacker that will start a fight at tree know it. The penalties for this kind of thing need to be swift and decisive. I know, some will say the dog running up the tree and falling on the other dog was not agression. Maybe not, but what caused the fight? The real root cause? At some point we have to get away from the excuses and begin the task of getting hounds to hunt in packs again. Loners are hurting the sport. Not enough ground to hunt on. Fighting dogs are the worst thing that can happen. Not only are they scratched, but there could be some hefty vet bills too.
Maybe the real answer to the problem area is go ahead and warn them once and scratch on second offense in the hunt. Once they are scratched for fighting from a hunt, the owner and the handler both know that this dog is mean, or has great probability of being so. Add a line in the rule that says after the second scratch the owner and handler will be barred from hunts for two years and then this problem starts to go away. Oh I know they will say the numbers are already fading away, but get rid of one mean dog and two more start hunting. There is no real answer to solve the problem totally. We are dealing with dogs and they have their own minds, but they are trainable, and we should be training for the correct behavior and eliminating the type we don't want. Seems simple enough, but is almost impossible if all the registries are not on the same page with this type of rule, and most important the hunters themselves have to honest and honorable in forcing the rules as written. Yes....impossible for sure.
Robert " Rock" Johnson
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