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    The important reason to force fetch is to...

    The important reason to force fetch is to establish a good working relationship between dog and handler. When force fetch is properly completed, both dog and handler understand how to resolve issues.
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    Great post, very important for Clubs to ensure...

    Great post, very important for Clubs to ensure proper gun handling techniques. Also, please make sure all gunners wear proper ear protection! I can remember when our club was facing a potential law...
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    Yes; and I still have a lot of those badges!

    Yes; and I still have a lot of those badges!
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    It happens occasionally that bucks don't...

    It happens occasionally that bucks don't shed......I saw a whitetail buck in April last year that was sporting an impressive rack. The Conservation Officer told me that this happens once in a while.
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    Don't quit now.......I still love working with...

    Don't quit now.......I still love working with dogs. I will be hosting a training seminar in May. I'm 83.
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    Wen I lived in Dawson Creek, my dogs were housed...

    Wen I lived in Dawson Creek, my dogs were housed outdoors all year long, with temperatures down to -40. Insulated dog houses, with two compartments with separate doors so that they were draft free,...
  7. Drop your gun!

    I was training at a farm (with permission). While going through a barbed wire fence, I cut my arm and it was bleeding badly. I asked my helpers to wait while I went back to my truck for some...
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    As I recall, two Arizona brothers who hunted...

    As I recall, two Arizona brothers who hunted cougars, first used e-collars as trash breakers. When I trained with Cal Barry in the early 60's, he had been one of, if not the first, retriever trainer...
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    I started running retrievers in field trials in...

    I started running retrievers in field trials in 1958. A couple of years later, I had the top derby dog in the Western N.Y. Retriever Club. Soon, friends asked me for help with their dogs. In the...
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    No dog to run, so I was throwing at the Canadian...

    No dog to run, so I was throwing at the Canadian National in Kamloops, B.C.
    Last test, water quad. I was throwing the last bird, a short 'breaking' bird from behind a wall of bullrushes about 20...
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    Jerry Collingham of Caldwell, Idaho (who raised...

    Jerry Collingham of Caldwell, Idaho (who raised and supplied birds to trials) was the best thrower I ever saw. What an arm!
  12. FTCH/AFTCH/NMH/GMH Club Mead's Autumn Breeze, CDX/WCX June 7,1997-July 12, 2012

    'BREEZE" Had 150 All-Age points. The most intelligent dog I ever had the privilege of standing beside. She was capable of some amazing work. At one stage in her Junior (derby) career when I was...
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    Had just sent dog on last bird of Open triple,...

    Had just sent dog on last bird of Open triple, when I realized I had taken the wrong dog from the truck! Judges were very considerate and allowed me in my embarrassment to run the test with the right...
  14. Thread: Rope gloves

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    Go to a tack shop and buy a pair of the gloves...

    Go to a tack shop and buy a pair of the gloves that calf ropers use...excellent for your purpose and will save you from some rope burns.....
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    Be sure to read 'Training Gun Dogs To Retrieve'...

    Be sure to read 'Training Gun Dogs To Retrieve' by Dave Elliot. A lot of valuable history in this book.
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    Training seminar and workshop....

    For anyone in the Pacific Northwest who might be interested, Doug Grant and Ann Everett will be hosting a two-day seminar at Heads Up Kennels on Vancouver Island, on Feb. 4 &5.
    If you would like...
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    I'm sorry, and I should explain. I know it's not...

    I'm sorry, and I should explain. I know it's not a race, and I didn't mean to imply an absolute time frame, and I wasn't trying to boast or brag. I just wanted to mention that with certain dogs, it...
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    To me, a complete force fetch procedure includes...

    To me, a complete force fetch procedure includes forcing to a pile, forcing into water, and through water.
    I have found that with a dog of reasonable intelligence, and with a good attitude, this can...
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    Happy Birthday! welcome to the...

    Happy Birthday! welcome to the O.A.P.........(Organization of Ancient Pros)!
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    Poll: Shayne and Scott wanted to hear from the 7% of...

    Shayne and Scott wanted to hear from the 7% of people who don't believe in CC....
    First of all, I have nothing against handguns; at one time I owned six of them. But in Canada, the only permit you...
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    Poll: I had my first gun dog in 1942; started competing...

    I had my first gun dog in 1942; started competing in trials in 1956; trained professionally for
    30 years.....guess that qualifies me as an 'old-timer'......
  22. I remember Jim fondly; met him often when I was...

    I remember Jim fondly; met him often when I was at Cal Barry's in Ohio in the 60's, and he often came to our trials in Ontario. A great guy!
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    I agree with Evan; in all the years I trained, it...

    I agree with Evan; in all the years I trained, it was always one month's payment in advance, and when I went South for three months in the winter, it was 3 months' payment in advance. Never had...
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    Dave Elliot was the first trainer to use a...

    Dave Elliot was the first trainer to use a whistle when training retrievers. A trainer from Ontario named Bill Hutchison, who had several Canadian Field Tial champions, never used a whistle; he just...
  25. Ftch/Aftch Firwoodhill's Dynamo 9/18/00 - 2/26/10

    Sept. 18, 2000 - Feb. 26, 2010.
    Owned, loved, trained & handled by John Caldwell.
    Dino had 251 all-age points!!!
    Number 2 Junior and number 1 Qualifying in 2002 in Canada,
    Top ten in Canada...
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