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  1. Attention: Mid-Iowa is NOT a Master National club

    We have a few MH dogs signed up for our hunt test June 4-5 that are listed as being handled by pros. There are also a few listed as being handled by an amateur. I am assuming they may be trying to...
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    The major downside I see to something like that...

    The major downside I see to something like that would be that you have to take your campsite with you to each of your stakes. It works great for me to park the camper somewhere, set up camp, then...
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    Well, you are the type of member I would love to...

    Well, you are the type of member I would love to help out with whatever little knowledge I have. Have you tried kind of "cornering" one of those experienced guys at one of those training days and...
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    I'm going to go a little bit different route than...

    I'm going to go a little bit different route than what most have been saying with what mistakes newer handlers make. I think one of the mistakes "some" first time handlers make is that they look at...
  5. I hear ya Billie. Starting to wonder if my Master...

    I hear ya Billie. Starting to wonder if my Master title is really worth anything. They are literally "diluting" the title.
  6. I was just doing my evening scroll through...

    I was just doing my evening scroll through Facebook and came upon a litter announcement in "retrievers for sale" of an all silver litter that has an MH sire. Holy crap. Is this real? And how come we...
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    Stuff like this^^^^^^ always seems to happen....

    Stuff like this^^^^^^ always seems to happen. That's why as HT chairman, I find it amusing when newer people always want to add more stakes and so on. Saying things like, we'll have plenty of help,...
  8. That is the purpose of the fee!!! Think twice. ...

    That is the purpose of the fee!!! Think twice.

    think about it people. This fee is not mandatory. You can title 100 different dogs and have an MNH65 and never have to pay the $25 fee AS LONG AS YOU...
  9. $25 to have the insurance of being able to run...

    $25 to have the insurance of being able to run another test in case you don't pass the first one is too much. But, running enough tests to qualify for 7 MN tests already at the tune of $75-$85 per...
  10. Since when did these games get filled with people...

    Since when did these games get filled with people that worry about $25. I see the rigs at every test. I can see the pedigree of your dog and have a pretty good idea how much you spent. I have seen...
  11. Well said.

    Well said.
  12. Here in Iowa, a hunting license is required to...

    Here in Iowa, a hunting license is required to train. However, I'm pretty sure that is just for public land.
    it would make sense that it would be required at the test as well. However, I have never...
  13. Let's just say these moments are not the ones...

    Let's just say these moments are not the ones that make me nervous... He backs into heel. He doesn't stop and sit out in front of me. He's telling me that he knows right where this one is and knows...
  14. Just to throw it out there so y'all can jump on...

    Just to throw it out there so y'all can jump on me about obedience...if the dog is spinning around in front of you, locked onto the next bird, and easily backs into heel while remaining locked on the...
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    ^^^^ditto and thank you. I was hoping some people...

    ^^^^ditto and thank you. I was hoping some people that have been HT secretary and chairmen were going to step up and acknowledge how much work ALREADY has to take place. Senseless to add a bunch more...
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    ^^^^^this!!! if I've learned nothing else...

    ^^^^^this!!!

    if I've learned nothing else about the dog games, what I have learned is that the people playing them love to bitch and moan. Call it inflation if you'd like but move on past the $25.
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    Not much to add as to what to do to help with the...

    Not much to add as to what to do to help with the aggression. However, I am a Certified Child Life Specialist at a children's hospital in Iowa and I can tell you first hand how traumatizing dog bites...
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    Watching Lardy

    Hunting season in Iowa has ended, it's been too cold to do much training, and I actually found myself with a few minutes of free time so I decided to refresh myself by watching some TRT. When I...
  19. Actually, it is not a new club.

    Actually, it is not a new club.
  20. Positives and negatives of becoming a Master National Club

    This thread is mainly for the hunt test secretaries and chairmen out there. What have been the positives and what have been the negatives of being a MN club?

    I'm aware of the problems with...
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    Thanks for all the help everyone. I was able to...

    Thanks for all the help everyone. I was able to get ahold of a couple members that have done it in the past and I think we've got it figured out. I just knew I could get the great info from all of...
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    Cool. Thanks

    Cool. Thanks
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    Hunt test date approval

    Need a little help from you experienced club members. I have taken over the duties in our club as secretary/treasurer this past year in an attempt to help out more. Turns out, the secretary/treasurer...
  24. Very true! Well said. Training groups are...

    Very true! Well said. Training groups are difficult to get into until you've proven commitment and some success
  25. Sent you a PM

    Sent you a PM
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