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  1. Thread: North Pole

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    Congratulations!!! Sounds like y'all are having...

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like y'all are having a great trip and will return with the evidence to prove it. Well done!!!
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    Glen, Not really bellyaching. Owned several...

    Glen,
    Not really bellyaching. Owned several dog that were very "animated" at the line. It was not at all uncommon for me to have to line out a mark to avoid a handle. Was not the fault of...
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    Jody is a great trainer and handler so this is in...

    Jody is a great trainer and handler so this is in no way a reflection on him. He is certainly a pro that I respect. The dog in this example did an excellent job of lining. Probably not any...
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    Good job holding your temper! I am not sure I...

    Good job holding your temper! I am not sure I would have been so diplomatic.
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    Mike, I am certainly no expert professional dog...

    Mike,
    I am certainly no expert professional dog trainer but I think about it with a different viewpoint. Dog training is a optional expense. There is not a set number of dogs that need to be...
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    As a resident of Demopolis Alabama, you are in a...

    As a resident of Demopolis Alabama, you are in a VERY good location for retriever training and events. The State Cattle Ranch will have tons of events this fall. Most every weekend the local...
  7. This is more directed to those that seem to be...

    This is more directed to those that seem to be obsessed with "failing" a test. The school of hard knocks is a great teacher. Those lessons are earned and will stick with you. We all need to...
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    I have seen firsthand how easily a test can run...

    I have seen firsthand how easily a test can run when the pros step in and help. Pros understand what it takes to make a test run smoothly. They are great folks providing a great service. If...
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    Lots of suggestions & most will relieve some...

    Lots of suggestions & most will relieve some pressure. My favorite solution is Dr. Ed's idea of a post close allotment of slots. All handlers get their first dog in the test and then their 2cd...
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    A one dog amateur that knows the game can easily...

    A one dog amateur that knows the game can easily get into tests. All they need to do is promise to keep the running order, throw birds, shoot flyers or some other job for the club. My training...
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    Most every option promoted to "solve" the problem...

    Most every option promoted to "solve" the problem of entering tests involves a third party "fixing" the problem. Limits caused the issue but no one is proposing making limits disappear. The...
  12. Thread: Force Fetch?

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    You are certainly free to train your dog any way...

    You are certainly free to train your dog any way you wish. If the results make you happy then enjoy and tune out your detractors.

    I have trained a retriever without force fetch and...
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    As a resident of the deep South and a dog trainer...

    As a resident of the deep South and a dog trainer the heat is simply a fact of life. It is beyond my control and simply a factor that is taken into account. Truth is that most of us don't do...
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    Good point Karen and I misspoke. Should have...

    Good point Karen and I misspoke. Should have said head marshal instead of alone.
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    You don't have to be a club member to marshal. ...

    You don't have to be a club member to marshal. The list of duties is long and arduous. A marshal is the workhorse that makes the test flow, the logistics manager that keeps the stake moving and...
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    And Thursday afternoon, I will be training. ...

    And Thursday afternoon, I will be training. Lots of precautions and common sense come into play. Number one is always put the dogs in the shade. Prime time is whenever the sun isn't visible. ...
  17. What is the actual percentage of last minute...

    What is the actual percentage of last minute scratches? In my experience, it is less than 10% of any stake. We are spending a lot of time and energy on a very small number of "lost" entries. ...
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    Maybe we should make a rule change:cool:. ...

    Maybe we should make a rule change:cool:. Contact the RHTAC!
  19. Congratulations!!!! You and Riley did the work....

    Congratulations!!!! You and Riley did the work. Riley is a nice dog and has proved it this spring. Welcome to the club of amatuer trained, owner handled MH.

    We will get out the white coats...
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    If you are a compulsion based trainer then the...

    If you are a compulsion based trainer then the Sipsey Bottom area will work well. Mr. No Shoulders provides a lot of motivation. The best place for this type of compulsion based training...
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    Yes sir! Will be a REAL long trip for you.

    Yes sir! Will be a REAL long trip for you.
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    William, Just let me know. Judging this...

    William,
    Just let me know. Judging this weekend. Come up with a Saturday and I'll do my best to make it happen. Wish I could meet you at the ponds but ....
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    Just cause you have one of those fancy pewter...

    Just cause you have one of those fancy pewter plates doesn't mean you are ready to teach duck seating!! Leave the advanced tactics to the experts. I have one dog that with hard work and lots of...
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    I live/train between Sulligent and Vernon...

    I live/train between Sulligent and Vernon Alabama. It is a 2 hour drive from the B'ham metro area. If y'all want to make a road trip one weekend then let me know.
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    The previous thread had at least 3 of you guys...

    The previous thread had at least 3 of you guys looking for training groups. My training group consisted of 2 until recently. We hope to add 2 or 3 this summer. But you three can make a very...
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