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  1. I agree with everything you have said, except,...

    I agree with everything you have said, except, what I bolded.
    Piggishness can be bred, OR created.
    A stylish dog on blinds, one that is charging like its a flyer, should be marked up for style even...
  2. I have seen dogs that do not train or test with...

    I have seen dogs that do not train or test with style, hunt like a whole different animal. They know the difference.
    But I have no desire to train a dog that doesn't look like it wants to be there....
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    I smell a conspiracy. 20195

    I smell a conspiracy.
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    Congrats to Connie Swanson & Ready for winning...

    Congrats to Connie Swanson & Ready for winning the Am.
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    You don't want a dog finding the bird easily. You...

    You don't want a dog finding the bird easily. You are looking for a discipled hunt in the area of fall. I would not want white bumpers or ribbon on birds in this case.
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    Yes it does make sense . Thanks for that detailed...

    Yes it does make sense . Thanks for that detailed explanation. I know of a few dogs in our training group that will benefit from this.
    It seems to be the firecrackers that need this more than any.
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    Dr. Ed, Are you meaning that the gunner moves...

    Dr. Ed,
    Are you meaning that the gunner moves around the field for each mark, or is he stationary and varying the throw between angle back, flat and angle in?
    What is the gunners response when the...
  8. I can't imagine a judge in any retriever field...

    I can't imagine a judge in any retriever field trial, making note of a dog that has delivered to hand, but has an unconventional grip on a bird.
    It doesn't matter.
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    HAHAHA Hey! Who's side are you on anyway? I...

    HAHAHA
    Hey! Who's side are you on anyway?
    I could count on one hand the number of times I have needed a shovel in the kennel.
    Keep it clean and it won't become a habit.
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    When I hear a pup whining at night to go out, I...

    When I hear a pup whining at night to go out, I give my wife a nudge. When she wakes up I start snoring. This is a good puppy house breaking technique.
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    Alain, the question is complicated. To say the...

    Alain, the question is complicated. To say the least!
    I can't speak officially. I discussed it with my fellow officers.
    We feel that the puppies are not puppies until they are born. (POTUS?) :o
    If...
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    Good post MAD4268 As usual, the squeaky wheel...

    Good post MAD4268
    As usual, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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    I think any judge that is aware that someone with...

    I think any judge that is aware that someone with limitations, will be competing, would do their best to take that into consideration during setup. I don't think rules are needed.
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    Exactly Alain. The problem is this. As dog...

    Exactly Alain.
    The problem is this.
    As dog people, we are all keenly interested in these new rules.
    From an officer perspective, it is small potatoes. Directives from every branch of government...
  15. I agree with what you say, mostly. If we really...

    I agree with what you say, mostly.
    If we really want to make the game more appealling, to the amateurs, why not level the playing field, by adjusting the point structure.
    It seems ridiculous to me...
  16. Wow That's great Pat. Congrats.

    Wow That's great Pat. Congrats.
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    It sounds like the CKC is subjecting the FULL...

    It sounds
    like the CKC is subjecting the FULL WEIGHT of their influence on the AKC and Canadian government agencies. Never have I seen a better example of barking up the wrong tree.
  18. I paid pretty close attention to Bill & Ammo when...

    I paid pretty close attention to Bill & Ammo when they were online up north this year. Bill is everything an amateur needs to be on the mat. A deadly team for sure.
  19. Thread: Vitamins

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    Retired dogs are the ones I enjoy most. Nothing...

    Retired dogs are the ones I enjoy most. Nothing to do but enjoy their company, and reflect on the good times.
    But it is hard to see them wither.
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    Getting the handle over on the return is tougher...

    Getting the handle over on the return is tougher to a dog in a marking situation than it is in a blind retrieve. (Handling mode to the dog)
    Getting the handle over on the return is tougher to a dog...
  21. I wonder about the possibility of letting people...

    I wonder about the possibility of letting people who are working the test/trial run their dogs without an entry fee.
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    Most of the dogs today show great style. A dog is...

    Most of the dogs today show great style. A dog is more likely to get knocked down for lack of style than, than scored up for exceptional style. I will and have scored for both.
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    Is this different from the old GM? Something new?

    Is this different from the old GM? Something new?
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    We have thousands of miles of border between us...

    We have thousands of miles of border between us that is freely crossed by every critter that transmits rabies.
    One has to wonder how legislation like this can even get started.
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    I have tried to make these points with the FT...

    I have tried to make these points with the FT naysayers for years.
    Keep your goals in perspective.
    Stick around long enough and you will find success, and pay your dues, regardless of which comes...
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