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    Or to go grab a left-handed shovel from the truck.

    Or to go grab a left-handed shovel from the truck.
  2. This is all good discussion, and we may need...

    This is all good discussion, and we may need Frank Underwood from "House of Cards" to help us out here.

    I am not in favor of this bill. What I am trying to point out is that the bill does not...
  3. I would agree it is poorly written, but probably...

    I would agree it is poorly written, but probably in favor of our position. It would have been very easy to say "more than 10 dogs" period, which really would have been cause for alarm. There has...
  4. Well, it might if one of us has almost 20 years'...

    Well, it might if one of us has almost 20 years' experience in telling folks what statutes mean.

    I think the bill is aimed (quite correctly in my personal view) at true puppy mills, places where...
  5. Best I can tell from reading the actual proposed...

    Best I can tell from reading the actual proposed bill, the crux of the matter is Section 2(a), which says a "person commits the offense of unlawfully operating a puppy mill if the person has custody...
  6. Does anybody have a copy of the actual bill? I...

    Does anybody have a copy of the actual bill? I don't have any reason to disbelieve what Eric posted but it might be helpful to see the actual language. Not that anyone has ever disagreed on what a...
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    Get them started this way. Then put orange tape...

    Get them started this way. Then put orange tape on one side of the fence post (see, now it's a dual use fence post) and start using that facing the line, maybe moving up to start with and then...
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    I agree that you shouldn't do it in anger. I...

    I agree that you shouldn't do it in anger. I have been schooled that you never lose your temper with a dog, and I have tried really hard to make that so.

    That said, you can't let your dog blow...
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    Amen and amen. No offense meant to anyone,...

    Amen and amen.

    No offense meant to anyone, but if you had ever had a hard charger (or perhaps unwittingly allowed one to become a hard charger) completely blow you off at a test, you would...
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    Agreed 100%. You can get your point across...

    Agreed 100%. You can get your point across without being an idiot. That said, I see a lot of handlers in the JH stake ask their dogs to come in, which doesn't help either.
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    I see what you are saying, but we all know when a...

    I see what you are saying, but we all know when a dog is on honor he is not going, and if he goes (in Master) you are done, so my thinking is communicate to the dog "You ain't going right now." ...
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    I've never seen the first one but I have seen the...

    I've never seen the first one but I have seen the second and third ones.
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    As we all know, there are those that have and...

    As we all know, there are those that have and those that are about to as far as breaking goes. I do all that too (cue "no bird" and such), but my pro suggested I do what he does and make the honor...
  14. As a training mentor once told me, it is...

    As a training mentor once told me, it is exceedingly difficult to visualize a situation where more control over a retriever (i.e., he does what you ask him to do) would be a bad thing, all other...
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    I don't put my dog down (I probably should), but...

    I don't put my dog down (I probably should), but I do turn and face away from the birds as a way of conveying to him that he is not going after these birds. A lot of folks turn into the dog for the...
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    I like this mark too. It looks like there is...

    I like this mark too. It looks like there is also a ditch at the bottom of that hill with a shallow angle. If a dog squares it, he will be in great position to square the hill and go straight to...
  17. Some would say that putting the nose down is...

    Some would say that putting the nose down is itself a cause for a whistle and a "back" command, but like everything else it depends on the dog and the stage of training.
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    Amen. Through a variety of circumstances I...

    Amen. Through a variety of circumstances I didn't run mine util he was 2, and we still had a year of rehab. I shudder to think what he might have been like if I had started running him in Junior at...
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    Todd, would you say that most dogs with really...

    Todd, would you say that most dogs with really bad line manners will eventually take themselves out? Which is what you would rather have happen as a judge, right?

    I would also think that line...
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    Thanks Bill, that makes perfect sense.

    Thanks Bill, that makes perfect sense.
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    You have to read your dog to know how far to go,...

    You have to read your dog to know how far to go, but through long, painful experience I can tell you it is no fun to walk to the line, smack the test, and go out because sit does not mean sit on the...
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    Glen, two questions here. First, on #4, do you...

    Glen, two questions here. First, on #4, do you always make sure that the dog gets on and off that second point? With the right dog, maybe early in running blinds and reluctant to cede control to...
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    I see your logic, but now define "unnecessary...

    I see your logic, but now define "unnecessary movement". If you would define it as you would appear to in the post quoted above I suspect you would end up on many "do not run" lists and probably for...
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    Like this for sure. I had a very good FT pro...

    Like this for sure. I had a very good FT pro tell me virtually the same thing you did in this post. Specifically, he told me I could probably get my dog to stop moving his feet at the line, but I'd...
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    Down here we have the dreaded copper headed water...

    Down here we have the dreaded copper headed water rattlers.
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