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Granted, dogs have to back as well, but handlers spent a lot of time coaching their dogs around the course, trying to keep the dogs from making mistakes rather than letting or encouraging the dogs to hunt. Birds were often not found on the back course and handlers often would keep their dogs close while walking to the bird field. Many times dogs were never more than 40-50 yds from the handler which for me is within the "influence" of the handler. Usually each dog points once, backs once, retrieves once and then its get out of "Dodge". Now I'm sure this may be different in other places but that's what I experienced. I wasn't impressed.
While the UT test looks for displayed skills from many areas and might let some things slide in teh field that would get you hooked up in a MH test/
I remember at my first MH outing, I cut the dog loose and watched as she ran out and streaked down a hedgerow out of sight. The JUDGE asked me if I was sure I wanted to do that.
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