There have been a few posts making comment on the use of deer dogs and testing to show they are of a standard.
Some of the comments have been lost in other threads, hence the reason for this fresh one.
A lot of us obviously have differing opinions on the subject, as well on how a dog should be trained and then worked in this country.
Training a dog for yourself is no-ones business except your own with regards to ability, but when that service is offered to others should it be shown that the dog is in fact proved to be of a standard and not just on the owners say so?
A side issue to this discussion may well be that the future will see a compulsory access to a trained dog as in other countries. Could we head of misguided or ill-informed legislation by having a structure already in place? Just a thought...
Anyway, to start it off I have copied some of the comments made on other threads onto this one.
As said previously, this is not a criticism of folk already offering the service, and in some respects compulsory testing is not something I would necessarily be in favour of.