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    I don't recall what I used, but did use...

    I don't recall what I used, but did use something. My female got possessive and that cost me a place in a trial (probably 2nd to a RJ). I know of another extremely well known trialer who used...
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    I was amazed at this the other night also and it...

    I was amazed at this the other night also and it didn't have to do with food. The time when I get up (with the dog) varies by at least 1/2 hour so that doesn't seem to be the connection. At almost...
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    Don't panic, but you have a lab that would point...

    Don't panic, but you have a lab that would point when hunting upland game. I have had three generations of them. All of them frequently pointed when pheasant hunting. That being said, each of them...
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    Most dogs really don't need to be taught to use...

    Most dogs really don't need to be taught to use their nose, they merely have to be trained to use their nose when commanded to do so.
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    I have taught my labs to trail on command in...

    I have taught my labs to trail on command in about three days each. I followed a technique which I read about 15 years ago. I take a piece of fat from a steak and drag it across my uneven yard;...
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    Realize this: Howard's 'family' was his dogs,...

    Realize this: Howard's 'family' was his dogs, his training partners and the contacts he made at trials, on RTF and related sites. This means that those with whom he exchanged ideas on the internet...
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    I have trained with Howard for years. I started...

    I have trained with Howard for years. I started into field trialing shortly after he did. I still remember the last marks he had when he got his first all-age win years ago. I was out throwing and...
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    IMHO, Tests for senior dogs should be set up to...

    IMHO, Tests for senior dogs should be set up to test the dogs, not to trick them. Based on input, it may be legal, but I think that one should consider the reason blinds are not to be run after...
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    What amazes me is the number of highly...

    What amazes me is the number of highly experienced all age field trial dog handlers who also do this frequently whenever they can get away with it.............
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    I have driven it about 50 one-way trips (down and...

    I have driven it about 50 one-way trips (down and back) since 1966. The AK highway itself has been drastically improved since my first trip. It has been widened, straightened and many of the hills...
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    IMO, the greatest athletic feat was accomplished...

    IMO, the greatest athletic feat was accomplished by Eric Heiden in Lake Placid in 1980 during the ice skating races. He was the first person to win five individual gold medals in one Olympics and on...
  12. I learned a lot and thoroughly filled in some...

    I learned a lot and thoroughly filled in some knowledge gaps at a Mike Lardy session. It covered intermediate to advanced and was well worth my time.
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    This is what I try to do and what I believe that...

    This is what I try to do and what I believe that Lardy is advocating and that is the timing of the 'sit' command and the nick. I try to give the nick after the whistle and before the dog has...
  14. I personally like to run and judge in those...

    I personally like to run and judge in those trials where each series is challenging and somewhat equal in difficulty. I used to hate it when dogs that barely made it through the first series and...
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    Then how come folks train what are considered the...

    Then how come folks train what are considered the standard pointing dogs?? Books are written on that and many send their pointers to pros for training.....
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    Get the book 'Training the Pointing Labrador' by...

    Get the book 'Training the Pointing Labrador' by Julie Knutson at www.gunclub-labs.com. I have trained and run labs in field trials and hunt tests, as well as hunted them on wild birds where they...
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    You had better check this out... Download it...

    You had better check this out...

    Download it and look for judges' qualifications. Some of what you have been told is not correct...
    http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RHTRET.pdf
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    The hand can be used for two objectives: 1)...

    The hand can be used for two objectives: 1) Confirm to the dog that he/she is looking in the correct direction 2) when done consistantly on the first retrieve or blind, it helps to train the dog that...
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    I have two of the mini Zinger Wingers. They...

    I have two of the mini Zinger Wingers. They throw far enough for my purposes in most cases. On top of that they fit in my truck better, are far easier to pack around from one set up to another, and...
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    I did it years ago and passed both, but is there...

    I did it years ago and passed both, but is there really a rush? Also, depending on the dog, running him a lot in a short time can produce excitement on his part, causing you to lose some control on a...
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    tuckerdutch, you have a message in your box.

    tuckerdutch, you have a message in your box.
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    Swack, you are right on! I had a female whose...

    Swack, you are right on! I had a female whose grandmother was line bred River Oaks Corky. When I got her I knew nothing about training retrievers and totally trained her myself. We learned,...
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    IMO walking at heel to a spot is exactly what...

    IMO walking at heel to a spot is exactly what every handler does in most field trials. Hunt tests shouldn't be field trials in camoflage, but should have hunting situations built in to them. I have...
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    I differ totally from everyone posting so far.. ...

    I differ totally from everyone posting so far.. A walk up shouldn't specify what the dog and handler are doing prior to the bird going up. Anyone walking through cover with a dog in an upland...
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    A friend of mine spent the summers on a small...

    A friend of mine spent the summers on a small slough off the ocean near Homer, AK anumber of years ago. His lab would regularly go underwater and come up with small fish. This would be impossible...
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