Martine, have I missed something? You're torturing him for no reason, I think. Why you can't simply stroke him, talk to him, enjoy his company without expecting a return? What's there to be worried about if you neglect to invest in him? Then, no risk factors for disappointment in later life.
Those things I'm already doing with all my dogs
But they are competition dogs so yes, I'm afraid something is expected in return.
The dogs are athletes and they compete on a very high level, which demands a lot from the body. They have to be 100% healthy, physically and mentally. You can compare it with a top tennis player.
Same as for human athletes, the body suffers a lot and injuries often happen. Also the smallest health problem gives problems in the performance.
If he were my dog, then I wouldn't be this worried. I love the competition, but if I have to choose between my dog's health and getting titles, then the choice is easy.
João is different. His bond with the dogs isn't as emotional as mine. He treats them well but for him they are "the equipment" he needs for the competition and they have to perform or they leave.
Since we are together he agreed to keep the older dogs when they retire because he knows I want this. But he'll never keep a young dog that can't compete anymore