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    I'll echo the sentiment...a big "Thank You" to...

    I'll echo the sentiment...a big "Thank You" to the Old Hatchie crew!
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    I live in Southern Illinois, and normally assemble a group-training day one or two Saturdays a month. You're more than welcome to join in, if you don't mind the drive. Otherwise, Retriever's...
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    I hate to admit it, but you're absolutely...

    I hate to admit it, but you're absolutely correct. I train in some pretty remote areas, but I'm always aware that someone could be watching.
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    Darrin, I couldn't agree more.

    Darrin, I couldn't agree more.
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    Recall whistle...say a quick "Thank you" to the...

    Recall whistle...say a quick "Thank you" to the judges...put them back on-lead and head for the truck. You can't be emotional about it or it likely will leave a less than desirable impression with...
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    I won't hesitate to pick up an older dog that...

    I won't hesitate to pick up an older dog that "knows better".
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    And...understand there are personality...

    And...understand there are personality differences within the breeds as well. All Labs do not act/react the same way (same with Chessies and Goldens). I'd start with defining exactly what I want in...
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    That may be the most accurate post I've ever read...

    That may be the most accurate post I've ever read on RTF! Very good point.
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    To echo Karen, I really don't think you can train...

    To echo Karen, I really don't think you can train beyond what you'll need for a hunting dog, since you never really know what each retrieve will require. During the last week of our season, one of...
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    [QUOTE=Pete;1288199] Pete- Regarding a FF...

    Pete-

    Regarding a FF program, I actually do put all of my client (and most of my personal) dogs through a fairly standard FF program. The UK dogs actually do quite well, as I prefer to use low...
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    OK, let's look at it from another perspective,...

    OK, let's look at it from another perspective, using a different species. Angus and Holsteins are both domestic cattle, derived from the same foundation stock. Generations of selectively breeding...
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    "The comments on U.K. vs U.S. training methods,...

    "The comments on U.K. vs U.S. training methods, and test strategies, only aid in perpetrating generalities (FT dogs are ill mannered, UK dogs are soft, incapable of higher level training, mine is...
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    Keith, I'd have to disagree with you on the...

    Keith, I'd have to disagree with you on the premise that our US-bred "meat dogs" can be trained to the UK level of competition, using our Carr-based training methods. I still occasionally run a...
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    "It is common sense that today's winning UK trial...

    "It is common sense that today's winning UK trial dogs exhibit different traits than today's winning NA dogs. There is no "right" there is no "wrong"."

    Absolutely! Train enough dogs from each...
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    "To be quite honest, and I know some say there...

    "To be quite honest, and I know some say there isn't any difference in the breeding of our dogs, I genuinely believe there IS. And, I don't think that a dog that I bred, for the purposes of field...
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    I would add that you should visit the kennels...

    I would add that you should visit the kennels where you are considering a pup. Ask to see both sire and dam, if at all possible.
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    Just bought a Franchi Affinity in Sept., and...

    Just bought a Franchi Affinity in Sept., and absolutely love it.
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    I'm a big fan of the Higdon Pulsator. Other than...

    I'm a big fan of the Higdon Pulsator. Other than being a bit bulky, it adds a great degree of realism when the water is still.
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    "Either your method works in the real world or it doesn’t."

    Loved this article, even though it may seem like common sense to most of us. In my experience, common sense is in short supply these...
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    Agree with the previous posts. The problem is...

    Agree with the previous posts. The problem is not the water!
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    Absolutely!!!

    Absolutely!!!
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    In my opinion, a talented dog with high prey...

    In my opinion, a talented dog with high prey drive, yet possessing a reliable "on-off switch" is the Holy Grail.
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    That's good...made me smile this morning! ...

    That's good...made me smile this morning!

    We've already done the dirt work, put down the rock, and put up the forms. My contractor mentioned that the fibers would wear off quickly, but I didn't...
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    I think their answer would only hold water if...

    I think their answer would only hold water if they had considerable experience with American-bred dogs as well. The only folks I ever see make such a blanket statement are those that do not have...
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    Just had a female come back in after her litter...

    Just had a female come back in after her litter in late May. She's on her regular cycle.
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