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    Just curious Mike how you would judge it- for me...

    Just curious Mike how you would judge it- for me as long as the dog hasn't moved from it's position, I would pass it assuming there was no other interference.

    When I'm watching the honor dog,...
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    In an AKC Hunt Test down your dog if you like...

    In an AKC Hunt Test down your dog if you like because they are not going to retrieve from the honor box. When your hunting, have them sitting ready for a retrieve if you like.....hunting is not...
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    To assume that downing your dog on the honor is a...

    To assume that downing your dog on the honor is a crutch or that the dog is not adequately trained is narrow minded in my opinion. Some people hunt their dog from a dog hut. The dog is taught to...
  5. Neil Selby has done so much for this sport in...

    Neil Selby has done so much for this sport in hosting many dog events on his land. Neil has also helped many people get their start in the retriever game. It is now time for us to step up and help...
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    The intent of the original post : "Please, DO NOT...

    The intent of the original post : "Please, DO NOT mess with our Hunt Test Game, celebrate it..."

    Why do we have to dig into what a C versus a D ?

    I think everyone needs to step back-...
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    Great Post!!!! I was given similar advice from...

    Great Post!!!! I was given similar advice from Paul Brown of Pennsylvania and Georgia many years ago when I started judging. I have always tried to judge by that standard.

    Thanks for posting
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    They just put on a great hunt test this past...

    They just put on a great hunt test this past weekend Shady Grove Hunting Preserve in Remington, Virginia. You can find contact information on Entry Express.
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    I intended to use a rotation this passed weekend...

    I intended to use a rotation this passed weekend but forgot. So many things to think of and remember at the start of the test that it sometimes falls through the cracks.
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    Sounds like a good idea....make it must be two...

    Sounds like a good idea....make it must be two triples and you must pick up one without handling or hunting all over creation.
  11. Thread: Master Test

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    Dave, Let's not forget that Hunt Tests & Field...

    Dave,

    Let's not forget that Hunt Tests & Field Trials for Retrievers are not the only thing that "Keeps the Lights On" Each weekend think about how many dog entries for every venue. I wouldn't...
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    Dave- how would the sickle bar work cutting a...

    Dave- how would the sickle bar work cutting a field? I'm looking to get something to cut close to the ponds and cut a 12 acre field. How often does the sickle bar need resharpened?
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    When judging Hunting Dogs, it is a whole lot...

    When judging Hunting Dogs, it is a whole lot safer for all if the dog stays at heel. The old saying that a dog should not creep beyond the gun barrel applies.
  14. Is yelling at your dog part of 100% positive...

    Is yelling at your dog part of 100% positive training? I have heard one of the above mentioned positive trainers yelling at their dog to pick up the bird and return across the pond. It was bad...
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    I do not believe it violates the letter of the...

    I do not believe it violates the letter of the rules but if you think about why the rule is on the books you would try extremely hard to find a blind outside the marks. Depending on the set up, the...
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    As a judge, I make the honoring dog stay until a...

    As a judge, I make the honoring dog stay until a dog makes a retrieve whether it broke or was released.
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    At this point in her life I have only upland...

    At this point in her life I have only upland hunted with her. When my older dog can no longer waterfowl hunt, she will get the call.
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    One must be careful as not to assume that because...

    One must be careful as not to assume that because the dog cowers that it has been beaten. I am guilty of not using a gun enough in training and when getting my current dog ready for Senior, she was...
  19. Thread: Intimidation

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    That may be because HT judges are required to...

    That may be because HT judges are required to score dogs in Trainability and FT judges tend to overlook lime matters and focus more on work in the field.
  20. Are they limited to people with Goldens?

    Are they limited to people with Goldens?
  21. Cory, What do you mean by the Golden Gallery?

    Cory,

    What do you mean by the Golden Gallery?
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    Greg, The sticks are well out of the water...

    Greg,

    The sticks are well out of the water and not a safety concern. It is possible for the judges to throw a mark into or near them.

    Tom
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    Freeze, The ponds are rectangular and one of...

    Freeze,

    The ponds are rectangular and one of the three has some sticks in one corner. Sometimes they throw marks from a boat to shorten the swims. The cover is very high right now but it is...
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    I like to test perseverance on an older dog and...

    I like to test perseverance on an older dog and have used a bird in the cattails twice as a judge. The problem I had was that on later dogs in the test some of the ducks sank. Probably because they...
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    Dawn & Paul, I agree 100%.....It bothers me...

    Dawn & Paul,

    I agree 100%.....It bothers me that decisions are made without the AKC seeking any input from the people who run their tests. Another point to remember in all of this is that in the...
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