Alabama John wrote:When points toward winning a trial is based on how many 15 second or longer checks are recovered, it promotes a check creating dog. You can't recover until you lose the rabbit.
If you had one run with very few checks or shorter than 15 second checks, it would get no points and never win.
Interesting to hear folks come back from a cast and say out loud, we did good, had 18-25 checks (loses).
To me and most beaglers, that would be bad, not good.
Well said John,my feelings on the subject exactly.Over the years I have come to firmly beleive that most (not all) checks are mistakes caused by the hounds themselves.I have wished for a long time that there was a format that didn't reward points for checks.I'm not sure there might be one out there I haven't herd of.The question of how to score them without checks is a big one also.I've never came up with a good answer to this either.If there was a way to do it I think it would go along way to promote a better more well rounded,level headed hound.Anyone have any Ideas?