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    What's your reasoning behind this?

    What's your reasoning behind this?
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    19451 Just so we're clear, your position is...

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    Just so we're clear, your position is that FT judges are predominately fair but you acknowledge that there is a political factor involved in judging. If you look back at my original post I...
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    Thank you Susan for your kind words. I believe...

    Thank you Susan for your kind words. I believe you now get my point. At first you were strongly argumentative and now seem empathetic. He will be back for sure and people will get to know him. As...
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    In my mind sour grapes are worth the reach. As...

    In my mind sour grapes are worth the reach. As long as the team that's judging the ability to reach the grapes is HONEST.
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    You went from "take your lumps" to "I've seen his...

    You went from "take your lumps" to "I've seen his dogs run, he'll be in the 4th series frequently". I'll take that as a victory.

    This isn't the first trial that this specific dog has "taken...
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    I'm NOT talking about one bird. Videos were taken...

    I'm NOT talking about one bird. Videos were taken of every series. Keep in mind I didn't start the thread, I'm just trying to keep all the naysayers honest. I'm extremely proud of the dog and...
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    It doesn't matter if he was previously collecting...

    It doesn't matter if he was previously collecting change in Cook County, you're missing the point of the thread. This could be his first dog or 100th derby dog, the outcome is what matters. All of...
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    One more thing Susan, you weren't there. If you...

    One more thing Susan, you weren't there. If you were maybe this whole conversation would be avoided.
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    Says "Justice Dog".

    Says "Justice Dog".
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    Ignorance is bliss isn't it? Next time I'll...

    Ignorance is bliss isn't it? Next time I'll pluralize gun and bird.
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    What judges "like" versus "don't like" shouldn't...

    What judges "like" versus "don't like" shouldn't be taken into consideration and is frankly irrelevant when judging talent. It's about the dog work, not who donates a a bird thrower, trains with the...
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    All marks are on video Susan. You know better...

    All marks are on video Susan. You know better than that, a derby isn't a one mark trial.
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    If the FT game is ever to progress to engaging...

    If the FT game is ever to progress to engaging younger/amateur participants, the politics need to change. Otherwise it'll be a bunch of 60-80 year old trailers who feel because they showed up they...
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    You can figure it out for yourself, Ie GDG, but...

    You can figure it out for yourself, Ie GDG, but regardless judging in FT gets worse if they follow Susan's methodology.
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    Video doesn't lie Ed. Dogs that hooked the gunner...

    Video doesn't lie Ed. Dogs that hooked the gunner won and dogs that went straight to the bird without a hunt didn't place. How can we collectively make judging more objective?
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    Huge Thanks to Ainley!

    I just picked up my deluxe single from Ainley last week and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Jane. We talked about a variety of topics including but not limited to politics, business...
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    16770 Picture taken during a recent mallard...

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    Picture taken during a recent mallard hunt by a good friend of mine.
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    You mean aisle?

    You mean aisle?
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    They have filmed these events in the past and put...

    They have filmed these events in the past and put them on TV. I think from a handlers perspective it may be beneficial to see yourself run the test with the dog. There's always room for improvement.
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    First Upland Hunt

    I got the opportunity to hunt upland birds at the Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL this past weekend and it was a blast. I brought my duck dog with me to see if he could flush any upland birds as he's...
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    Dog's have a good sense of hearing. You should...

    Dog's have a good sense of hearing. You should start by telling him "here".
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    Yeah the people at Gun Dog Supply said that...

    Yeah the people at Gun Dog Supply said that they've been out of stock for awhile now. The rep from GunX told GDS that they were having a hard time getting parts, according to the gal I talked to at...
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    GunX Out of Business??

    Anybody gotten ahold of the folks at GunX recently for warranty work? Their website is "temporarily unavailable" and the phone number from my receipt goes to someone's voicemail. Main reason I...
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    Ain't nobody got time for that. He wouldn't pay $1800 for a 4 week obedience class, unless of course tax dollars were funding it.
  25. Obedience Trainer Recommendation - Chicago area

    I have a friend who’s got an 8 month old golden that needs formal obedience work. Any recommendations for someone that they could send their dog to within an hour or so of Chicago?
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