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    Two very serious comments about the hand held...

    Two very serious comments about the hand held bumper launchers.
    I have seen a girl break her wrist.
    I have seen a dog go temporarily deaf!!

    I no longer use or recommend except sparingly
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  2. Anney made a good point in noting that style...

    Anney made a good point in noting that style derived from one certain procedure may not be long-lasting.

    My point-not directed solely at you and you dog was that ultimately "style" shows itself...
  3. Your comments excerpted above explain why so...

    Your comments excerpted above explain why so often RTF posters have such different views. Too many make up their own definitions which are inaccurate or not appreciated by most. You cannot re-define...
  4. Wayne Your comment above caused me to consider...

    Wayne

    Your comment above caused me to consider two important points about "style"

    First: I do think you had been concerned about your dogs "style". It bothered you and you were seeking,...
  5. YES for some trainers! NO for others! Judges...

    YES for some trainers! NO for others!

    Judges don't make dogs look piggy! Trainers Do!

    Trainers do when they train for such tests without considering the dogs' style.

    As I said before, dogs...
  6. Barb I somewhat agree with this as a canter...

    Barb

    I somewhat agree with this as a canter can be a very slow easy gait. Dogs rarely do use the "slow" canter which in horses is often labeled lope. Dogs do often canter when going for a relaxed...
  7. Wayne Rowdy in this video displays more than...

    Wayne

    Rowdy in this video displays more than adequate style and I would not note or penalize.

    Allow me to expand. Gaits are important to know and understand. They will teach you much about how...
  8. Nope-read my earlier post. I referenced lope or...

    Nope-read my earlier post. I referenced lope or canter which are very different gaits than a full gallop. I also mentioned "trot" and said very few dogs do marks at a trot and if they do then judges...
  9. In the early 90's many dogs ran blinds at a slow...

    In the early 90's many dogs ran blinds at a slow pace. In those days they were rewarded often with places and passes.

    Times have changed.

    Lardy made a big impact here by showing that dogs...
  10. I am not sure I follow your rationalization to...

    I am not sure I follow your rationalization to pass such as dog as you yourself quoted the Rule Book above and which I high-lighted in Blue. The Book clearly allows a moderate fault to be a non pass....
  11. Yes, you are right! Ted and I were excerpting...

    Yes, you are right! Ted and I were excerpting from the FT Rule Book. But the discussion of style and what it is should not change whether you are talking hunting retriever, hunt test or field trial...
  12. Ted beat me to it by quoting the Rule Book. It...

    Ted beat me to it by quoting the Rule Book. It really does paint a very clear picture of what Style is! Why do people think it is excusable to not display!

    Surely we all know when a dog is...
  13. WOW!! I totally dislike a dog that walks on...

    WOW!!

    I totally dislike a dog that walks on blinds whether in training or at a test!!

    I want to own, train and judge a dog that wants to get the bird. If I have a dog that is very slow on...
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    [QUOTE=Purpledawg;1255182] GREAT! Looks...

    GREAT!

    Looks like we are on a same page here. Always good to know since Billy spent way more time with Rex than I ever did!
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    Yes there are definitely some better ways to run...

    Yes there are definitely some better ways to run the Casting Wagon Wheel. I illustrate one of my favorites(dong them in pairs) on my upcoming Retriever Training Drills video.

    But I am inquiring...
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    I heard the last series was a tough one....

    I heard the last series was a tough one. Oakridgertvr Made My Day( "Maddie") smoked it and won.

    Congrats Nancy White who handled and Cindy Gunzer who has played a major role!

    I picked this...
  17. My new video is targeted for release in October...

    My new video is targeted for release in October but I might have said that last year:-P However, we are in final editing stages and now preparing the Field Guide to go with it.

    It is 25 Essential...
  18. Less than a week away! I had a chance to...

    Less than a week away!


    I had a chance to look at the grounds for this Seminar last week. It looks great to show you some of the essential handling and marking drills for Transition and even...
  19. Yes that is who the dog is. Mike was filming at...

    Yes that is who the dog is. Mike was filming at Red Dog Ranch and "borrowed" Will from Judy for the demo.
  20. Ed I am 100% behind you except I made the...

    Ed

    I am 100% behind you except I made the switch long ago

    Most of the guys I am trying to beat on the weekend feel the same. If I thought another food would give my dogs an edge in endurance,...
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    OKAY! You mentioned TRT in your reply and I...

    OKAY!

    You mentioned TRT in your reply and I assumed that you were referring to that program. TRT does proof many skills in many subsequent steps but each step is designed to advance the dog to...
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    Yes! RTF has changed a lot these days. I see...

    Yes! RTF has changed a lot these days.

    I see less and less of those that have done any homework.

    I see more and more of those that follow questionable or at least less proven approaches.

    I...
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    I do realize that I am proofing FF by doing...

    I do realize that I am proofing FF by doing simple casting after FF. As I said, many steps in basics will "proof" an earlier step.

    But, that does not mean that is the primary purpose of the...
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    I am going to disagree here. Many of the steps in...

    I am going to disagree here. Many of the steps in Basics level training can end up "proofing" an earlier step because when you start something new, you find out how well the earlier steps were...
  25. Dennis Voigt Seminar Update

    I have had inquiries about the content of my upcoming seminar. I will briefly review the Basics steps that end up causing later problems if not mastered. The rest of the weekend will address the...
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