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    I intended to use a rotation this passed weekend...

    I intended to use a rotation this passed weekend but forgot. So many things to think of and remember at the start of the test that it sometimes falls through the cracks.
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    Sounds like a good idea....make it must be two...

    Sounds like a good idea....make it must be two triples and you must pick up one without handling or hunting all over creation.
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    Dave, Let's not forget that Hunt Tests & Field...

    Dave,

    Let's not forget that Hunt Tests & Field Trials for Retrievers are not the only thing that "Keeps the Lights On" Each weekend think about how many dog entries for every venue. I wouldn't...
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    Dave- how would the sickle bar work cutting a...

    Dave- how would the sickle bar work cutting a field? I'm looking to get something to cut close to the ponds and cut a 12 acre field. How often does the sickle bar need resharpened?
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    When judging Hunting Dogs, it is a whole lot...

    When judging Hunting Dogs, it is a whole lot safer for all if the dog stays at heel. The old saying that a dog should not creep beyond the gun barrel applies.
  6. Is yelling at your dog part of 100% positive...

    Is yelling at your dog part of 100% positive training? I have heard one of the above mentioned positive trainers yelling at their dog to pick up the bird and return across the pond. It was bad...
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    I do not believe it violates the letter of the...

    I do not believe it violates the letter of the rules but if you think about why the rule is on the books you would try extremely hard to find a blind outside the marks. Depending on the set up, the...
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    As a judge, I make the honoring dog stay until a...

    As a judge, I make the honoring dog stay until a dog makes a retrieve whether it broke or was released.
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    At this point in her life I have only upland...

    At this point in her life I have only upland hunted with her. When my older dog can no longer waterfowl hunt, she will get the call.
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    One must be careful as not to assume that because...

    One must be careful as not to assume that because the dog cowers that it has been beaten. I am guilty of not using a gun enough in training and when getting my current dog ready for Senior, she was...
  11. Thread: Intimidation

    by Tom Lehr
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    That may be because HT judges are required to...

    That may be because HT judges are required to score dogs in Trainability and FT judges tend to overlook lime matters and focus more on work in the field.
  12. Are they limited to people with Goldens?

    Are they limited to people with Goldens?
  13. Cory, What do you mean by the Golden Gallery?

    Cory,

    What do you mean by the Golden Gallery?
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    Greg, The sticks are well out of the water...

    Greg,

    The sticks are well out of the water and not a safety concern. It is possible for the judges to throw a mark into or near them.

    Tom
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    Freeze, The ponds are rectangular and one of...

    Freeze,

    The ponds are rectangular and one of the three has some sticks in one corner. Sometimes they throw marks from a boat to shorten the swims. The cover is very high right now but it is...
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    I like to test perseverance on an older dog and...

    I like to test perseverance on an older dog and have used a bird in the cattails twice as a judge. The problem I had was that on later dogs in the test some of the ducks sank. Probably because they...
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    Dawn & Paul, I agree 100%.....It bothers me...

    Dawn & Paul,

    I agree 100%.....It bothers me that decisions are made without the AKC seeking any input from the people who run their tests. Another point to remember in all of this is that in the...
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    Mike - You nailed it.... Evan- I routinely...

    Mike - You nailed it....

    Evan- I routinely mix up the distances that I train my dogs. I just do not see the need to increase distance to test dogs in a hunting situations. I never said my...
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    Unfortunately, we are getting further away from...

    Unfortunately, we are getting further away from testing dogs in Hunting Situations which I believe was the intent of AKC Hunt Tests. It's getting tougher for a hunter with a good hunting dog to...
  20. When I took my first AKC Judging seminar, the AKC...

    When I took my first AKC Judging seminar, the AKC Rep(now retired). told us that you could in theory set up a different test for each dog as long as each dog was judged fairly against the standard.
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    To claify my point above...Sunday is the only day...

    To claify my point above...Sunday is the only day we can train on the Game Lands without bothering hunters.
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    If Sunday hunting is allowed, I wonder what that...

    If Sunday hunting is allowed, I wonder what that will do to training on PA Game Lands during hunting season???
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    Realistic hunting situations are not always a...

    Realistic hunting situations are not always a good test. For example it would be realistic to drop three birds in the decoys 40yds from the line, but this not very often make a good test of marking...
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    Amen Gooser....You nailed it!!!!

    Amen Gooser....You nailed it!!!!
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    I wouldn't expect a Junior dog to do Multiple...

    I wouldn't expect a Junior dog to do Multiple reentries on a water mark but I would Master dogs....so ther is a difference in Marks for each level.
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