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    Thanks Ted. I see what you are saying. My...

    Thanks Ted. I see what you are saying. My understanding of marking concepts are more geared to the level I am at. It is helpful to learn about the thought process at the AA level. Right now, my...
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    I like a flyer on the left going left, ridden...

    I like a flyer on the left going left, ridden well out on the side hill, maybe landing slightly out of the picture. This area seems to make good use of the water and terrain with angle entry, angle...
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    Age should not be an issue, but it is hard to say...

    Age should not be an issue, but it is hard to say if this will fix poping. Force conditioning is a process, so just jumping in at FTP may not be a good idea, depending on the previous basic...
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    Some thought on your questions: A dog will...

    Some thought on your questions:

    A dog will tend to square-up a terrain change. The more square the approach, the less impact on the line. Abrupt changes seem to have less overall impact. Almost...
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    For another mark, I went with a side-hill area,...

    For another mark, I went with a side-hill area, yellow diamond. A dog that holds a good line through terrain and cover changes is rewarded. A cheat to the right, may cause the dog to hang-up in the...
  6. Have you done pattern blinds? These are a key...

    Have you done pattern blinds? These are a key element of teaching initial lining skills and transitioning from yard work to cold blinds.

    Check out "Training with Mike Lardy Volume 1 for a good...
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    A great marking dog still takes a lot of training...

    A great marking dog still takes a lot of training and a great blind running dog still takes a lot of natural talent. I think the idea that marking is about natural ability and blinds are about...
  8. This is a tough stage to offer advice without...

    This is a tough stage to offer advice without knowing you or your dog. To answer your specific question about running a mark and cold blind in the same set-up; if your diversion training on pattern...
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    Ticks are a real problem in the Northeast. We...

    Ticks are a real problem in the Northeast. We use the Seresto Collar, and it works great, even with a lot of swimming,
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    The following addresses the EE process not the EE...

    The following addresses the EE process not the EE people, that are likely as overworked and underpaid as the rest of us.

    EE seems to have grown into an unruly bouncer at a popular night club. The...
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    For MT fly fishing I would recommend the West...

    For MT fly fishing I would recommend the West Yellowstone area. There are a lot of opportunities in this area. Timing of your trip relative to spring run-off is important. Pre run-off fishing in...
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    Do you run the double right after the long...

    Do you run the double right after the long single, or put the dog away, then return with the double all set? Any issues with switching? The M1s seem tight to the singles, but there is a tree to...
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    I would prefer retired gun(s) on doubles rather...

    I would prefer retired gun(s) on doubles rather than adding technical difficulties and/or more birds.
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    I am legitimately trying to learn from these...

    I am legitimately trying to learn from these exercises and do not have any intention of criticizing someone else's choices. If someone could help, I would like to understand the thought process of...
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    I see I am getting in this one a little late, but...

    I see I am getting in this one a little late, but still wanted to put one up for Ted's feedback. I avoided looking at the other posts and comments so I apologize if I am repeating other entries. ...
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    How about a long memory bird thrown angled in...

    How about a long memory bird thrown angled in left to right to land near the bottom of the far slope (M2) and a flyer to the left thrown flat, right to left (F1) Dogs that run towards the far gun...
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    I think the real trouble for this setup is deep...

    I think the real trouble for this setup is deep right of R1, so I have selected the other two birds to enhance this. M2 is intended to suck in a dog that is right of R1. Putting the flyer down in...
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    The dog ran right over the first bird in a qual. ...

    The dog ran right over the first bird in a qual. Literally, trampled the bird, and kept going for about 200 more yards. The mark was in a flat field with almost no cover. You could see the bird...
  19. There is not a high density of retriever activity...

    There is not a high density of retriever activity in Oneonta, but there are good opportunities within 1-3 hours. I am north of Albany, NY, about 1+ hr from Oneonta. Black Creek is probably the...
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    Rockywoods.com Good products, selection and...

    Rockywoods.com

    Good products, selection and service. Could find cheaper if you can work with seconds or remnants.
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    Tough to say why they both headed left, but any...

    Tough to say why they both headed left, but any movement to the left on the initial line to the memory bird, should have been addressed with a "No-here". That blue line looks like they were left to...
  22. It sounds like you are doing a lot of things...

    It sounds like you are doing a lot of things right. Use as many birds and wind-clipped pigeons as you can. Your pup may be very timid around a wing-clip at first, but keep at it. Maybe try keeping...
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    I have a copy of Hillmann's puppy DVD that you...

    I have a copy of Hillmann's puppy DVD that you can have. It has excellent instruction on developing/maintaining retrieving desire in a young dog, plus some OB as well. Plenty to learn and do with...
  24. Thread: Marking Accuracy

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    Thank you all for the advice. Going to use all...

    Thank you all for the advice. Going to use all white bumpers now that most of our snow is gone. Also, thinking back, I ran some marks off a berm at an angle, so there may have been some subtle...
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    Marking Accuracy

    I have a 7 mo BLF FT hopeful that I am trying to guage how to bring her along on Marking.

    Marks from the line or walk-outs to about 100 yds she is very solid, even the few times I have tried her...
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