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    So you're watching your dog as the birds go down...

    So you're watching your dog as the birds go down as you've been taught, & you realize that he didn't mark one (for whatever reason). Fortunately however, you line him up & he carries the line until...
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    It's supposed to be an evaluation of skills...

    It's supposed to be an evaluation of skills required of a Hunting Dog.

    Don't you agree that it's a higher standard to require a dog to be steady when you're not "connected" with him visually? ...
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    There's already a game where you don't handle a...

    There's already a game where you don't handle a gun & can wear whatever you like.

    Some guys in the 80's thought hunters would enjoy something a little different.
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    The purpose of the gun

    I didnít want to hijack the other thread but it occurs to me that many people donít appreciate why the requirement to ďshoulder the gunĒ is in the rules.

    The intent of this requirement is to...
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    Sounds like teething.

    Sounds like teething.
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    I'm just sayin....

    I'm just sayin....
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    Very interesting! I liked seeing the attention...

    Very interesting! I liked seeing the attention the judge paid to each bird as it was handed to him, checking for hard mouth.

    Thanks for posting that.
  8. A friend of mine lives in a very snakey part of...

    A friend of mine lives in a very snakey part of Texas (Manor) & has had 6 or 7 dogs bit by rattlesnakes over the years. Two dogs lost an eye but all survived. He credits the vaccine. Another friend...
  9. Thread: Girl Vs Boy

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    Since you donít have a strong preference, just go...

    Since you donít have a strong preference, just go play w/ the pups & let one pick you. There are too many exceptions to the stereotypes about temperament to be useful.

    Generally though, males...
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    As 44 Magnum said, it depends on how far away...

    As 44 Magnum said, it depends on how far away you're able to shoot.

    If your brain doesn't know where to put the gun to hit a 50 yd crosser, no magic shell is going to help. Inside 30 yds where...
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    In re-reading the OP, I think I might have...

    In re-reading the OP, I think I might have misunderstood the problem.

    If the problem is the dog doesn't watch the bird as it flushes, get a few pigeons & have someone hold the dog while he...
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    Trailing a wounded bird is a learned skill. The...

    Trailing a wounded bird is a learned skill. The more they do it (successfully) the better they become. Drag a dead bird & take orange tape w/ you to mark each time you make a 90 deg turn. Rub the...
  13. Did I miss the part where there's a rash of Labs...

    Did I miss the part where there's a rash of Labs that don't love to retrieve ?
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    I believe the ecollar has tremendous value in...

    I believe the ecollar has tremendous value in teaching "heel". Unlike choke chains or prong collars, ther is no "resentment" (not quite the right word, but it's late). The dog makes the decision to...
  15. This is an important point. I believe the...

    This is an important point. I believe the concept of FF began in the pointing dog world where it's purpose was to make a dog w/ little or no desire to retrieve do so.

    It's use in the retriever...
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    e-collar for humans

    It was just a matter of time.


    http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/04/pavlok-wearable/
  17. lol, The voice of reason. Is that even...

    lol,

    The voice of reason. Is that even allowed? ;)
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    I think we're talking about two different things....

    I think we're talking about two different things. You're talking about a dog that's chasing a bird that he sees running ahead of him while I'm talking about a dog using his nose to work out a trail. ...
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    Absolutely. For Springers, anything less than...

    Absolutely.

    For Springers, anything less than accelerating into the flush is considered a major fault. The way you plant birds definitely can have an effect on this. The pointing dog trainers...
  20. The rules of the game and the nature of the field...

    The rules of the game and the nature of the field are the reason for the meticulous handling you see in the video. I showed it to a couple of American spaniel field trialers yesterday at training...
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    Camelback bladders leak if you get in the truck &...

    Camelback bladders leak if you get in the truck & lean back. I love my Wing Works vest & the big water bottles it carries. There's a pouch in the game bag that holds another bigger bottle very...
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    I'll suggest that a better way to keep the dog in...

    I'll suggest that a better way to keep the dog in range is to roll in a pigeon without the dog seeing you when he punches out too far. When you stop moving & bring him in he finds the bird and...
  23. Very interesting Eug, thanks for posting that. ...

    Very interesting Eug, thanks for posting that.

    At around the 6:40 mark the commenter said "very nice compact flush". What did he mean by that?

    How is the gun team selected? Our gunners are...
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    Not quite. My recommendation to the OP is to...

    Not quite.

    My recommendation to the OP is to find a spaniel club to train with. Thatís where the knowledge on the subject of flushing dogs is. You will find that very few spaniels are force...
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    http://www.alamoretriever.com Pm sent

    http://www.alamoretriever.com

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