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    Here’s my take on what happened and what I think...

    Here’s my take on what happened and what I think you should do. If I understand everything as you described, IMHO you created doubt in the dog’s mind because of how you are approaching the swim-by. ...
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    Not sure whar Ted is saying. What "bad" things...

    Not sure whar Ted is saying. What "bad" things are learned in the Derby? If you have a genuine future FC-AFC candidate in training, on a proven program, Derby tests should fit in well with the...
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    I certainly did not mean to offend anyone; as my...

    I certainly did not mean to offend anyone; as my original post said, not being mean or nasty. But I did intend that my post emphasize how serious it can be for a young dog to start breaking in...
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    Your dog broke in the first FT it ever ran?? Not...

    Your dog broke in the first FT it ever ran?? Not good, not good at all. Someone is way, way wrong on judging when a dog is ready to run a trial. Yes, itís a young dog, yes itís a handsome dog, yea...
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    Martini (cocktail) From Wikipedia, the free ...

    Martini (cocktail) From Wikipedia, the free
    The martini is one of the most widely known cocktails
    Type Cocktail
    Primary alcohol by volume Gin

    Served Straight up; without ice
    Standard...
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    1 rope, 1 person, 1 post or tree or pipe or...

    1 rope, 1 person, 1 post or tree or pipe or whatever. Tie rope to dog's collar. Have dog sitting and facing you with post/pipe/tree behind dog. Wrap rope around pipe/tree/post. Hold end of rope...
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    Another time when using an e-collar may have...

    Another time when using an e-collar may have saved my dog from serious injury or death. We were hunting a cover strip next to a cornfield that was being harvested. My dog was out in front hunting...
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    I've got to say, this is something I haven't...

    I've got to say, this is something I haven't heard of or seen before, specifically the thing where he seems disinterested and bored with the "go" bird, but fires up for the memory bird. I'll be...
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    You certainly don't have to use an e-collar to...

    You certainly don't have to use an e-collar to train a dog, but it's much easier and quicker to train a dog using an e-collar while following a proven training program.
    Think of it like power...
  10. Please e-mail the contact information.

    Please e-mail the contact information.
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    So, after Phil saw where is ball was on the par...

    So, after Phil saw where is ball was on the par 3, (no swing, no opening to the green and obscured view of ball where it lay), why didn't he take an unplayable and go back to the tee? Worst case a...
  12. It happens from time to time at goose refuge in...

    It happens from time to time at goose refuge in west-central Minnesota. In previous years, the state DNR would provide food crops within the refuge boundaries to "help" the birds. Seems this...
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    This is normal. Nothing to be concerned about. ...

    This is normal. Nothing to be concerned about. I would estimate 30% of retrievers go through a phase of this. Some take longer than others to LEARN HOW TO SWIM CORRECTLY. One dog I owned did this...
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    I trained and owned 7 black labs before I got a...

    I trained and owned 7 black labs before I got a Chessie. My labs were very good dogs, and had a fair amount of taining. 3 of them were qualified all-age. Some never ran a field trial. A couple...
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    Iíve known Tom Dokken since he was 20 years old...

    Iíve known Tom Dokken since he was 20 years old and started training dogs. His first dog was a female black lab that he trained without an e-collar or FF. He ran some informal trials, then...
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    I've built a few. They generally look like the...

    I've built a few. They generally look like the picture Eug posted, except they didn't fold up and were heavier. FYI an angle of 15 degrees works for where the supports join together on top, so the...
  17. Everything Ted said, plus another important...

    Everything Ted said, plus another important characteristic-I want to run under judges who are not afraid to judge. In other words, I like to run under judges and not just test setter-uppers.
    So...
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    Realtionships

    So as not to highjack a recent thread, (that was big-time highjacked already), a poster asked about achieving FC, MH, GMHR, and Iím curious as to how the participants in this forum view the...
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    A four year old dog that runs to the gunner on...

    A four year old dog that runs to the gunner on single marks ??
    Brings up a lot of questions -

    How many marks has this 4 yr. old seen before ?
    How is the dog's eyesight ?
    Does the dog like birds...
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    Good question, but please define the term...

    Good question, but please define the term "started dog". Been around retirievers and trials and hunting dogs for years, and I've heard almost as many definitions as the number of people I've asked....
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    Some things to consider when building pickup bed...

    Some things to consider when building pickup bed drawers - from experience.
    Definitely spend the money for good quality heavy duty drawer slides. Did it the other way - not happy in the long run. ...
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    Lots of good insight from Moosegooser and Angie...

    Lots of good insight from Moosegooser and Angie B. More specifically-

    Hereís my thoughts on the issue with your dog, as they relate to parts of your original post.

    ďI cannot seem to re-create...
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    What Judy said. Dog is disobeying the "here"...

    What Judy said. Dog is disobeying the "here" command. Fix that.
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    IMO there's no question that having and using an...

    IMO there's no question that having and using an e-collar, and following a proven training program is the best way to train and acheive a "finished"
    dog, capable of competing in the FT/HT games....
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    HPL - Pittman Roberts again - I'm not a...

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    Pittman Roberts again - I'm not a constitutional lawyer either. But the point
    made in the videos was that the USFWS overstepped their bounds by using Pittman-Roberts funds for...
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