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    Everyone should read that article. So much that...

    Everyone should read that article. So much that has been written about the breeds is lazy and based on oversimplification, if not outright myth. That article hits very close to the truth as I know...
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    Things were more innocent when I first started...

    Things were more innocent when I first started training a hunting dog 20+ years ago. I didn't know anything, I wasn't even aware I had a good dog. Then I met up with some people to train with when my...
  3. I don't know you personally and I tend to give...

    I don't know you personally and I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. I basically try to understand what a poster is describing and asking and just take it at face value. I do know Dennis...
  4. I know how that goes. Also a beginner might make...

    I know how that goes. Also a beginner might make a bigger deal out of something than it really is. I remember coming home from one bad session with my 10 week old pup, head in hands, end of the world...
  5. That's the way it seems to me. Simplify.

    That's the way it seems to me. Simplify.
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    I think the problem isn't solved by creating more...

    I think the problem isn't solved by creating more rules on who can judge or what they need to do in order to judge, it is solved by clubs recognizing good potential judges and giving them a chance....
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    I agree with this approach. I have handled two...

    I agree with this approach. I have handled two dogs through Junior, Senior and Master titles, I have judged a ton of field trials at all levels, and I have taken two AKC HT judging seminars, yet when...
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    I like that approach. The reality is 90% of the...

    I like that approach. The reality is 90% of the birds our dogs retrieve in actual hunting are super simple 20 yards out in the decoy retrieves. What we need to train and test on is the other 10% that...
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    Yep, ideally your judge will have both...

    Yep, ideally your judge will have both attributes, but if it is one or the other I'll take to judge with good dog sense over the hunter without good dog sense to judge my hunting dogs.
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    I was there, I had to pick the dog up off the...

    I was there, I had to pick the dog up off the ground and carry him over to the truck. One of the worst days of my life and I can't tell you how bad that pro felt. It was truly terrible. I always take...
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    I'll add to the list, you learn all the best,...

    I'll add to the list, you learn all the best, safest, fun places to air along your route, and hotels with doors that open directly to the outside and a nice airing yard close.
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    SJ Smith, I certainly didn't get it, seems like...

    SJ Smith, I certainly didn't get it, seems like it was written by someone who's first language isn't English.
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    In hunt test I think the most important thing is...

    In hunt test I think the most important thing is that there enough clubs putting test on near you to make it worthwhile. When I started in hunt test almost 25 years ago, NAHRA and AKC were common in...
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    I assumed it was a joke.

    I assumed it was a joke.
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    Having done one in my second judging assignment...

    Having done one in my second judging assignment many years ago, I would prefer to either live with the double or go five series if you don't have a winner after four.
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    The premise of the question presumes the OP is...

    The premise of the question presumes the OP is going to train his dog to a certain level then quit. The OP is na´ve the way I was when I call Richard Wolters at home to ask for advise on my first...
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    That's absolutely true!

    That's absolutely true!
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    It's not usual, but I think we have all been at a...

    It's not usual, but I think we have all been at a trial here or there where the Qual judges went overboard, maybe by accident, and set up a way too hard test. At the same time the Open judges went...
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    I think most of us; I know I started off just...

    I think most of us; I know I started off just wanting a dog that could swim out past the decoys in case I dropped a duck in water deeper than my waders. I had no idea where it was going to lead me.
  20. Early in transition dog can be freaked by poison...

    Early in transition dog can be freaked by poison birds to the point they won't pick them up. I remember having to handle my dog to a poison bird after he did a great under the arc blind in an Open....
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    I didn't want to scare the Op off by making the...

    I didn't want to scare the Op off by making the training program seem overwhelming. The reality is most of us started training our first do without any idea of what we were getting in to. If somebody...
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    That's what I was thinking.

    That's what I was thinking.
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    That's my preference as well, but I didn't mean...

    That's my preference as well, but I didn't mean to overcomplicate Ted's scenario.
  24. Ok, I've got a kind of long story-tip that should...

    Ok, I've got a kind of long story-tip that should help you. The dog in my avatar was a very birdy hard charging dog that understood the rules and never broke in a field trial or training, but broke...
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    My MO when judging a derby is to try to challenge...

    My MO when judging a derby is to try to challenge dogs without going tricky. The only dogs I don't feel bad about loosing in the first series are dogs that really aren't ready for a field trial yet,...
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