Jarbo03 wrote:To me the only difference between a meat dog and FT dog is, a meat dog you teach to do things, a FT dog you teach til they can't get it wrong plus extended ranges.
This is mainly what I meant when I made my comment about FT dogs doing things meat dogs don't need too. A meat dog needs to be able to mark multiple birds, run blinds, deliver to hand, etc. But I would not send my dog on a blind over a couple hundred yards. Just my opinion.
Dakota Creek wrote:Basics are basics .... Doesn't matter if you are planning to run FT's, HT's or have a hunting companion.
This is true. I guess that I kind of assumed the OP new that the basics (such as obedience) were necessary for a dog on any level. IMO the difference between FT dogs and weekend warrior dogs isn't in the early stages, but is in how far you want to go into the more advanced stuff.