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    Maybe I don't understand what you're getting at,...

    Maybe I don't understand what you're getting at, but I mentioned these things to help the readers get an understanding of the level of training we have been through to greater understand the problem...
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    I'm beginning to feel like my ethic's are being...

    I'm beginning to feel like my ethic's are being questioned. I understand and appreciate everyone's advice and help, I really do. But to question the relationship with my dog out and in the field is...
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    So doesn't my method of Day1 = no pressure...

    So doesn't my method of Day1 = no pressure through Day? of reteaching pressure on blinds/pile work make sense? I guess what I'm saying is, as long as what I'm doing keeps progressing in a positive...
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    Because I want to reteach him why we use pressure...

    Because I want to reteach him why we use pressure and that I'm not just out to get him when we run a blind.
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    Hey guys, Just an update on today's work. I...

    Hey guys,

    Just an update on today's work. I went out today and began with some fun bumpers and then moved on to 3, simple, controlled singles. Next I did a variation of force-to-pile with a remote...
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    Hey guys (and girls) Thanks for such quick...

    Hey guys (and girls)

    Thanks for such quick responses. I'll try and respond to as many questions as I can about where we are and possibly where things went wrong. I hope this isn't to dragged out...
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    He tried the same type of stuff when going...

    He tried the same type of stuff when going through FF. After that there was no issue.

    LabMan- This is exactly what I thought too. He had previously run some terrific blinds but I can't seem to...
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    Big Handling/Blind Issue

    I've got a 2.5 yr old yellow lab male that had been through FF, CC, FTP, Swim-by, T, TT, Pattern Blinds, and up to some Cold Blinds. He was doing great with some small issues early on with dominance...
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    Master Hunter worth

    Purely a hypothetical question but, what would you put the value of a 2 1/2 to 3 year old dog with a Master Hunter title if you were going to sell him or her. Just asking on pure numbers not the time...
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    I bring a chamois that you'd use for a car in the...

    I bring a chamois that you'd use for a car in the field. You can find them in a plastic tube which makes it easier to throw in the blind bag. If the water is really cold, rub them down in between...
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    Do a short mark in the water on his return meet...

    Do a short mark in the water on his return meet him at the waters edge commanding "hold" when he gets close. As soon as he reaches the edge of land give him a stern "hold" and walk backwards about 15...
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    I agree with your post and I don't want to start...

    I agree with your post and I don't want to start a right vs. wrong with you as you have proven yourself as an accomplished trainer. (that is obvious) I do think however that there are different ways...
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    I agree but the initial start of swim-by is right...

    I agree but the initial start of swim-by is right next to the water going across to the pile correct? Then we stop the dog and teach it to swim over to the pile at the end of the channel without...
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    Swim by doesn't de-cheat the dog, only teaches...

    Swim by doesn't de-cheat the dog, only teaches the dog to handle in water.
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    The AKC rulebook states that you and the judge...

    The AKC rulebook states that you and the judge should be looked at as hunting partners and your dog as a companion.(or something similar) If I get counted off for which side I heal my dog on, I would...
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    I think the Key here is the return. Some judges...

    I think the Key here is the return. Some judges may score it, others are done once the final bird is picked up. If I were in the situation, I probably would have given an over (back into the water)...
  17. I just feel like we're always comparing apples to...

    I just feel like we're always comparing apples to oranges instead of apples to apples. Don't get me wrong, if I were in the FT game, I wouldn't bother with HT dogs or their breeding. As I said...
  18. I know. I've seen both sides of the equation....

    I know. I've seen both sides of the equation. I've seen both of the best run. 8x Master National Qualifier and been to Attar's and Lardy's place. My opinion though, is that I would rather have the 8x...
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    comparing apples to oranges.

    comparing apples to oranges.
  20. Just some thoughts I've had regarding all of...

    Just some thoughts I've had regarding all of these issues:

    1) Since we're talking about the National, I'll start there. The argument over Field Trial dogs being better or playing that other...
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