The human factor

Updated: July 14, 2008, 4:49 PM ET
By Steve Bowman | Great Outdoor Games staff

In its simplest terms, competition in the Super Retriever Trials involves one dog following the direction of one man — the dog following the instincts that were bred into it, and the man watching a faithful companion do something it loves so much it can't stand it.

It's simple. But a Super Retriever Series title isn't awarded for the simple things. This competition is based on actual hunting situations replicated to test the bond between handler and dog.

The bond supercedes the ...

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