While many hunting-dog owners buy a puppy from a breeder and have it trained for them, either for the field or the hunt-test/trial circuit, it was my goal to train my own dog. What is really anathema to me is the owner that buys said puppy, has it trained for them, and then pays a pro to campaign the animal for them. How they consider that dog "theirs" in anything more than legal paperwork, I don't know; but to each their own--it works for them and it allows many pro trainers to continue to make bank deposits. No skin off my back. Kona, however, is wholly mine. His success in the field and any testing is due to my diligence and his genetics. His flaws, by far and large, are also wholly mine.