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    Well played Jacob. I will say that having...

    Well played Jacob. I will say that having experienced being hated under Coach Bryant (but really being too young to understand), then pitied under the DuBose/Franchione/Price/Shula debacle, and now...
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    Well now I have to change my whole opinion on Tom...

    Well now I have to change my whole opinion on Tom Ritter. If y'all hate him as bad as we do he must be OK.
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    It can't be any worse that it was in 2008, his...

    It can't be any worse that it was in 2008, his first time back down there as Alabama's coach.
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    10 games a year and not a lot of championship...

    10 games a year and not a lot of championship hardware to show for it. You may want to be patient, as this may be one of those times you have to back up to go forward.
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    Having watched your new head coach up close over...

    Having watched your new head coach up close over the last 9 years or so, I think you guys have a good one. It will take him a year or so to fully acclimate to the head coach's chair, and probably...
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    Darrin, I really have been lucky to have some...

    Darrin, I really have been lucky to have some very good folks to help me out - and I needed every last bit of it and then some. I just wish you could take a pill to get the experience necessary to...
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    In my admittedly limited experience (hence the...

    In my admittedly limited experience (hence the user name) using the collar or heeling stick to enforce line manners is probably not the way to go with a hard charger that will take or endure most...
  8. I see your logic. I guess I was thinking about it...

    I see your logic. I guess I was thinking about it in hindsight with a bird-crazy dog. For balance purposes, it at least seems logical to me (although maybe still not correct) that with a real hard...
  9. Would you guys answer the same about always...

    Would you guys answer the same about always picking up the PB if the dog had a lot of trouble learning not to pick it up to start with and is a fairly good marker to start with? Just trying to learn...
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    Good advice to move this to an inside hallway and...

    Good advice to move this to an inside hallway and remove the distractions. Probably the first time of many in this dog's life you'll get advised to shorten up and simplify when things don't seem to...
  11. We simply disagree as people do. Why the need for...

    We simply disagree as people do. Why the need for the false choice?
  12. Maybe with your dog in the water but not mine. ...

    Maybe with your dog in the water but not mine. Just the way I do it, because I was taught to control all the things I could control both in my profession and with respect to my responsibility to be...
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    Agreed Steve. One lesson I learned from a bad...

    Agreed Steve. One lesson I learned from a bad mistake I made during pattern blinds was that it's not really all that important, especially early on, to get a line to the bird or to cast back to the...
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    As I read the OP and responses, I see where the...

    As I read the OP and responses, I see where the OP says the dog "took the cast" upon getting a nick on a 5. Assuming that is literally true, and other than the don't nag advice already given, is...
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    Humidity makes the hot hotter and the cold...

    Humidity makes the hot hotter and the cold colder. I'd much rather be in Colorado at 25 than where I live at 45 with some humidity.
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    I have always laughed and said I wish I could...

    I have always laughed and said I wish I could intimidate mine just a hair.

    To the point about making assumptions: this is a little ridiculous for the purpose of making a point, but how far do you...
  17. If you can throw a double and set up a blind...

    If you can throw a double and set up a blind there are not many concepts you can't get taught. Obviously you'll want to make sure a dog running master has seen a triple or two and some of the...
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    One way to look at this is that the dog came...

    One way to look at this is that the dog came across the stray bird and did what comes naturally to him, and then realized "holy crap that's not where I marked that bird", dropped a live bird, and...
  19. Congratulations Daniel!!!

    Congratulations Daniel!!!
  20. You have probably forgotten more about training...

    You have probably forgotten more about training dogs than I will ever know. That said, unless you are telling me you never tell the dog "no" or otherwise tell the dog what he is doing is not...
  21. Go back and read Steve Shaver's post. The...

    Go back and read Steve Shaver's post.

    The dog is force-fetched, yes, although some would call it a conditioned retrieve. But one purpose of force fetch is to teach the dog, who already wants to...
  22. Not that I am going to be worried about it, but...

    Not that I am going to be worried about it, but if my handling were to improve to the point I could qualify my dog for this, I don't see any way on God's green earth I could take off the time...
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    The biggest benefit to any of these programs is...

    The biggest benefit to any of these programs is that you have some sort of pedagogy. That is, the steps are laid out in order so you should not be asking anything that you don't already have the...
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    Well said. I think the practical answer to all...

    Well said. I think the practical answer to all of this is that it is like the Supreme Court definition of pornography - either way you just kind of know it when you see it.
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    According to the rules you are correct. Not...

    According to the rules you are correct. Not surprising at all given your level of experience.
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