Registered: Aug 2013
Location: Seneca, Mo
Originally posted by pamjohnson
Your caught up in the game.
The reason we have more and perhaps better groups of dogs that can tree coon is because of the modern training and tracking equipment, along with ease of knowledge thru the use of the internet. If you think it's because of the hunts, maybe you need to open your thoughts up to the reason coonhounds have such a low percentage of pups that make the cut.
The hunts and the way the rules are heading will drive a wedge in our sport between the old and young, pleasure and professional handlers. Time will reveal this.
The biggest opponent should be the dogs not the trainers and handlers.
I have worked with hundreds of pups from more lines than I can count. Across the board more pups are born with a natural ability that begins at a younger age than decades past. For those that do not make the cut many times the blame can be rightfully placed on handlers screwing them up by their training methods and most of all owners leaving them in the pen and not keeping them in the woods. People are busy, i get it.
Our own dogs do not even wear e collars. On the rare occasion that they do it is a set up controlled situation with a specific purpose.
Time has already revealed the wedge you speak of. We live in an obese lazy society to put it bluntly something that it getting worse with each passing year. Yes, some it's just age, something we will all face. But....So many are not in the shape it takes to compete in an event you are required to walk in. 50 years ago many walk hunted their dogs all night and a 3 hour competition hunt would have been the norm. People's lifestyles were not stagnant like so many are today and hunting from a side-by-side wasn't an option they walked and they worked.
Cheyenne & Jennifer Cummings
Seneca , MO
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