Rate your dogs with 5 points in each category, five being strongest. Hunt, Nose, Line control, Checkwork. As my thinking always is you may be able to fib to everyone else but be honest with yourselves. Just your running dogs but can add pups if you wish. Then what is their strongest point and weakest.
So a rating table would look like this.
So I did this and found out this is hard work. I did it, thought about it, and did it again. Then the Old Man did it, and we compared. It was amazing how similar we scored. And I am still thinking about it and am going to score again. I also thought about adding stamina, conformation, health, value in breeding program, and personality.
I'm sure this method is not perfect, but the results were interesting. The dogs that scored the highest were Chip, Gypsy, and Hot Head. That really wasn't a surprise to either one of us. Some of the other dogs' scores were a little unexpected, and definitely something I will have to consider.
This is a great idea and an easy to use tool for someone that is concerned with having the best dogs possible. I am anxious to try it later this spring to evaluate young dogs when I start to put a lot of hours on them. Thanks for a great tool, Bud!