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    Not true. The American Water Spaniel is an...

    Not true. The American Water Spaniel is an American hunting breed also. Bred in Wisconsin during the 1800's they were used by the market hunters of that era for waterfowl, upland birds, and furred...
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    I don't know what dog was the youngest to earn a...

    I don't know what dog was the youngest to earn a HRCH, but I do know the youngest Spaniels to earn a Finished title. Kim Smith's, Cinnamon, a Boykin Spaniel, earned hers, at a test I was judging,...
  3. I put 40 pounds of ice in my Coleman Extreme in...

    I put 40 pounds of ice in my Coleman Extreme in May in South Carolina (85 degree temps); opened it infrequently, maybe twice a day, and it had some ice left in it after 8 days!
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    NateB, You can blow a sit whistle. You can also...

    NateB,
    You can blow a sit whistle. You can also blow turn and come-in whistles as long as you're not hacking at your dog. AKC likes a "quiet" hunt, so obviously, the more advanced the level, the...
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    The titles earned are JHU, SHU, or MHU for...

    The titles earned are JHU, SHU, or MHU for Retrievers (the U is for Upland). A Spaniel earning the same title has the letters JH, SH, or MH (Retrievers must have the "U" added on because they already...
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    This is correct from what I understand. It...

    This is correct from what I understand. It doesn't happen from cold water; vigorous swimming or upland work at any temperature will often trigger this. If I expect my dog to do an unusual amount of...
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    Junior: Flush 2 birds, don't have to be steady....

    Junior: Flush 2 birds, don't have to be steady. No delivery to hand required. One short water mark (about 20 yards).
    Senior: Flush 2 birds, don't have to be steady. Must deliver to hand. Thirty...
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    Ed, I run some AKC (Spaniel and Retriever), but...

    Ed,
    I run some AKC (Spaniel and Retriever), but I still greatly prefer HRC. This Spaniel test is sponsored by the American Water Spaniel Club and, since I'm chairman of the Hunting Events Committee,...
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    Nice video, Rob. Gumbo's son looking good on that...

    Nice video, Rob. Gumbo's son looking good on that double.
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    Whit Boykin of Boykin, SC was given a dog, named...

    Whit Boykin of Boykin, SC was given a dog, named Dumpy, that showed up on the steps of the Methodist Church in Spartanburg, SC in 1902. The minister used to come down to the Wateree Swamp and hunt...
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    Wish you could come. That's the weekend we had to...

    Wish you could come. That's the weekend we had to have. Maybe next year.
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    No videos, but what about some still pictures?

    No videos, but what about some still pictures?
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    Blaine, I think most Spaniel people don't...

    Blaine, I think most Spaniel people don't understand AWS' or Boykin's. Both breeds are equally Retriever and Spaniel.....even though AKC classifies both as Spaniels.
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    An American Water Spaniel requires very little...

    An American Water Spaniel requires very little training for upland hunting. I spent only two or three days training each of ours for upland after they were trained as retrievers. They will quarter,...
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    I meant this reply to be for you. You'll be very...

    I meant this reply to be for you. You'll be very happy.
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    You're going to be very happy!

    You're going to be very happy!
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    You are correct on their temperaments . American...

    You are correct on their temperaments . American Water Spaniels are night and day different from the other Spaniels (with the exception of the Boykins). They can and should be trained as a retriever...
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    How many American Water Spaniels have you trained...

    How many American Water Spaniels have you trained and run in hunt tests? All of the top AWS, the Master Hunters, the HRC Upland Hunters, were trained as non-slip retrievers first and then in upland...
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    We will be at the Spaniel Hunt test in June and...

    We will be at the Spaniel Hunt test in June and at the National Specialty. See you there.
    The Smartworks dvd's are good, too.
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    Retriever Clubs in Wisconsin

    Most of you may not know that many Retriever breeds are now eligible to participate in and earn titles in the AKC Spaniel (upland flushing) hunt tests. The American Water Spaniel Club would like to...
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    I used Smartwork's with our AWS's. My...

    I used Smartwork's with our AWS's. My recommendation, even if you are going to strictly hunt upland, is to train your Water Spaniel as a non-slip retriever. After you have gone through handling, you...
  22. Agreed. That's what I feed Gumbo.

    Agreed. That's what I feed Gumbo.
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    Yes, the judges have a lot of latitude in what...

    Yes, the judges have a lot of latitude in what they set up. I believe in as much realism as possible. I always try to set up tests that mimic hunting situations as closely as I can. I often set up...
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    I do, too. Old Hatchie puts on a good test and...

    I do, too. Old Hatchie puts on a good test and are good people.
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    Did you call Robbie Davis in SC?

    Did you call Robbie Davis in SC?
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