Why train Distance?

I occasionally hear people say “I’m never going to run a Gambler’s course, so I don’t need to learn distance.” It always surprises me that they think distance is just for the games. There are SO MANY reasons to be able to work at a distance on regular courses. No matter which venue you choose to play in, there are places on course where distance gives you a huge advantage over other teams. The ability to get into position by sending your dog to an obstacle or sequence and moving away to prepare for the next sequence is crucial on technical courses. Slower handlers (like me) have no hope of outrunning our dogs, so we either use distance or slow them down.