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Field Trial Terms and Other Remedies

I get a lot of calls, you know, people wanting to talk about dogs. Believe me, I enjoy them. Even though my wife gets tired of the phone growing on the side of my head. Inevitably the conversation turn to field trials. If the person is new to dogs, or trialing, I end up explaining much of the jargon we have developed over the years. Let's look at few of these unique words and phrases. I'll add, in laymands terms of course, the accepted definitions.

Closing time: when you give up looking for a club and just stop and ask for directions

Long Derby : a pup with the wrong birthday on the papers

Roving Marshall : the hardest working man at the trial (all my dogs think there name is MARSHALL !)

Roll Call: competition to see who can make up the best dog name

NBQ: next best qualified, 5 th place, go figure

Gallery: group of people who always seem to turn the rabbit

Enclosure: what turns the rabbit while the gallery eats lunch

Dog trader: any one with more dogs than you

Rough Dog: any dog that can run in front of mine

A little extra: this dog never hushes barking

Slow Dog: the dog running the rabbit while my dog scouts ahead for Indians

Officially measured: a big dog that is allowed to run with the little dogs

Independent: want hark to other dogs,..at all

Next Pack: hurry up and run to the judges


Have you ever noticed how many people get picked up 6 th .

Have you ever wondered why seven men with dogs always have to go to two men who have no dogs.


"they're picking up anything that drives a rabbit" : my dog was faulty and got eliminated.

"there's been a rabbit playing right here this morning" : my dog is cold trailing and I feel like a fool.

"my dog harks to gunfire" : if you shoot my dog will run away.

" they're letting them fly today" : my hound potters and got beat by the competition.

"she's a little skidish" : if you take this dog off the leash you will never see her again.


I bet you can come up with some good ones too. Listen for your self. The next time someone is returning from the field and get asked, "what are they looking for?".

Listen for the answer, then interpret what it really means!

 
 

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