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    I always try to run the water test before they...

    I always try to run the water test before they re-bird. That way, the ducks float better.
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    If you're sending him off to a trainer, don't do...

    If you're sending him off to a trainer, don't do anything with him other than obedience. Your trainer will handle everything else. Don't do anything that your trainer will have to undo. JMO.
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    Cocker Field Trial was cancelled due to ice.

    Cocker Field Trial was cancelled due to ice.
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    Nappy hunted ducks in North Dakota when he was 8...

    Nappy hunted ducks in North Dakota when he was 8 months old (and did well). His son Gumbo went to NoDak with us when he was 13 months and hunted like a veteran. He already had a HR title when we went.
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    They're having a Cocker Spaniel Field Trial there...

    They're having a Cocker Spaniel Field Trial there this weekend (in the snow!). I'm going to come watch it on Saturday and plan to train Gumbo some while I'm there. Which area will you be in on...
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    We look at trainability, disposition, and...

    We look at trainability, disposition, and conformation.
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    Blaine Tarnecki is all he needs to know.

    Blaine Tarnecki is all he needs to know.
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    Join the Charleston Retriever Club. You'll meet...

    Join the Charleston Retriever Club. You'll meet some folks there.
  9. My wife and I went hunting and swatted mosquito's...

    My wife and I went hunting and swatted mosquito's for about 45 minutes and then came hope.
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    I'm a firm believer in Boswellia as a...

    I'm a firm believer in Boswellia as a preventative. We've never had a reoccurrence of cold tail when we've given the Boswellia several days before vigorous exercise was planned (such as hunting...
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    25965One more.

    25965One more.
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    AWS getting it done.

    AWS getting it done.
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    Contact Linda Brewer in Selma, TN. She's a...

    Contact Linda Brewer in Selma, TN. She's a trainer and heavily involved with Old Hatchie HRC.
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    Blaine can certainly hook you up with a great...

    Blaine can certainly hook you up with a great Boykin. You can trust his judgment. On the other hand, if you decide on an AWS, let me know.
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    Some will bark; some won't.

    Some will bark; some won't.
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    Squirrel hunting is not their primary role in...

    Squirrel hunting is not their primary role in life, but they will do it (Curs and Fiests will probably do a better job). I have a female that will put her feet up on the trunk of a tree and bark. I...
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    Those are good books for upland training...

    Those are good books for upland training (especially Spencer's), but I have found that if you teach retriever work first, the upland work (quartering) comes naturally. I think the OP is mostly...
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    For training, you can follow, pretty much, any...

    For training, you can follow, pretty much, any program or combination of programs as you would with any other retriever. AWS are very fast learners and often get bored with too much repetition, so...
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    SteveMO, Call me at 803-983-0567 and we'll talk...

    SteveMO, Call me at 803-983-0567 and we'll talk about AWS.
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    Your chances with a puppy are better (just like...

    Your chances with a puppy are better (just like any dog), but, I would say an older dog would bond to you if you spend a lot of time with it. The old wives also say an AWS cannot be professionally...
  21. My AWS sleeps with me every night. He's always...

    My AWS sleeps with me every night. He's always ready to go, no matter what the temp. The coldest day I've hunted him on was 7 degrees at daylight. Breaking ice is no problem. As others have said, a...
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    Specs are great birds to start a young dog off on...

    Specs are great birds to start a young dog off on geese. You've done some good work training.
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    Meskousing is 100% correct. If you think you want...

    Meskousing is 100% correct. If you think you want an AWS, you need to start asking breeders now. Many breeders, like us, are very small breeders and may have only one litter every couple of years....
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    An AWS' prey drive is tremendous. They will hunt...

    An AWS' prey drive is tremendous. They will hunt ANYTHING that moves. We use ours for ducks, geese, doves, quail, pheasants, squirrels, and blood trailing wounded deer. You never have to teach one to...
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    I live 15 miles from Boykin, SC and we raised...

    I live 15 miles from Boykin, SC and we raised Boykin's for about 20 years. AWS is the breed that started the Boykin. Boykin's have been bred with many, many other breeds over the past 120 years...
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