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    RIP Tommy, you will surely be missed! I always...

    RIP Tommy, you will surely be missed! I always enjoyed spending time with you, particularly you keeping me company in Minnesota. I was looking forward to seeing you again this spring, but I guess our...
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    Also a little confused here, but I tend to agree...

    Also a little confused here, but I tend to agree with what captain jack has said. For an advance dog I try to set up a blind with lots of factors and run the dog depending on how it reacts to the...
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    ok I'll bite on this one. Pretty good setup here,...

    ok I'll bite on this one. Pretty good setup here, not surprised that the long retired was easier than first looks, if my interpretation of the setup is correct, with the long gun actually being up...
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    Do chocolates dog learn slower? I don't have a...

    Do chocolates dog learn slower? I don't have a good science base answer for that. But I tell you what, I don't if the dog is pink, if it can consistently drag me along to the 4th series I am happy....
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    I train 5 to 6 days a week, try to do a couple of...

    I train 5 to 6 days a week, try to do a couple of set-ups everyday that I train. I like to give them a day off or so a week. Some days we don't make it out due to weather or scheduling, but I do make...
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    A situation on a waterblind comes to mind, where...

    A situation on a waterblind comes to mind, where the dog has to get out on a point. One whistle to get out and one to get back in and this may need to be pretty close to straight back, but the dog...
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    Kass Goulding and Andrea Holsinger, just outside...

    Kass Goulding and Andrea Holsinger, just outside of Athens, GA. Bertschire Flat Coated Retrievers.

    www.bertschire.com
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    I have had similar incidents over the years, usually it can be taken care by using some antibacterial hand gel on the metal contacts. They can occasionally get some bacterial growth on the prongs,...
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    Lardy!!!!!

    Lardy!!!!!
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    I've seen a water blind scrapped after a few dogs...

    I've seen a water blind scrapped after a few dogs run and moved on to the fourth series with no water blind. I have also seen a derby run quite a few more than 4 series "to determine a winner."
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    MN Iron Range RC Trial #1

    Please keep us posted on set ups and call backs for all stakes!

    Thanks!
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    I know how most people use the "current system"...

    I know how most people use the "current system" with 2 trainers for young and big dogs. My question is, is there a market for the middle man. If the dog is fresh with a "big dog" trainer it is often...
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    So, not trying to steal the thread, but I wanted...

    So, not trying to steal the thread, but I wanted some opinions on an idea I was thinking about. Is a transition specific trainer worth while. I guess your options are to keep the dog with the young...
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    I think this is good topic! Overall, yes if the...

    I think this is good topic! Overall, yes if the dog gives in to conditions (whatever they may be), yes handle. Let's consider a specific situation say you have a short flyer with long retired gun off...
  15. Count me in too! Jonathon Lord

    Count me in too!
    Jonathon Lord
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    #3 - This will come in handy eventually, never...

    #3 - This will come in handy eventually, never know when the dog may hunt with a lefty.

    #4 - Hand has nothing to do with aiming, helps with steadying, and another line of communication. A short...
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    Are you sending from your side or from a front...

    Are you sending from your side or from a front sit? I would send 85 to 90% from front sit. She has to turn and gain momentum, and if she slows are particularly turns slowly that's when force could...
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    A few reasons, keeps the dog focused on you,...

    A few reasons, keeps the dog focused on you, another opportunity for the youngster to come into the heel position correctly, you will require her to sit out in front of you waiting further...
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    I would say that depends, what is the wind doing?...

    I would say that depends, what is the wind doing? Can the dog smell the marks on the way to the blind? Is the wind pushing the dog into the shoreline as it should with a shoreline blind? With dogs...
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    Was the go bird thrown farther out than the...

    Was the go bird thrown farther out than the memory? According to the picture they seemed pretty much in line. If so, then I would have put the dog on the right, assuming the dog is two sided, for the...
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    I think that a dog that lines a blind absolutely...

    I think that a dog that lines a blind absolutely show trainability, control and perseverance. If the dog was not "trainable" he would not be able to line the blind, if the dog did not possess...
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    Yeah I would just give her a little time off...

    Yeah I would just give her a little time off until she is ready for force fetch at this point. It should make her bumper starved going into force fetch and that isn't a bad thing. Also, if you ever...
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    I noticed you said you used attrition on the...

    I noticed you said you used attrition on the second point due to over rotating. This is an area I think you have to be careful in thoughts of attrition. Did you stop them on the land or in the water?...
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    Also this blind should be run, in training, with...

    Also this blind should be run, in training, with dog on the left, and off the right at trial
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    In training: help them out of the water,...

    In training: help them out of the water, challenge to get back in. Other factors to consider is what is the wind doing? For training purposes I would prefer to move the bird to the right, and the...
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