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    Ouch. Betcha that's a mistake you'll not repeat. ...

    Ouch. Betcha that's a mistake you'll not repeat.
    But as for the gallery judge in the OP, what you see from the gallery may not be what you see from the line. Observe, take notes, but don't depend...
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    Shoot lots of birds. Opening day dove season, hot...

    Shoot lots of birds. Opening day dove season, hot duck blind. Nothing like the real thing to bring out the hunting retriever in your pup. Just MHO.
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    You call yourself a Canadian and your dog fetches...

    You call yourself a Canadian and your dog fetches Budweiser? No Labatt or Molson in the fridge? Shame.

    Several years ago the gallery at a Thomasville, GA HT got a little rowdy. Two guys were...
  4. Steve was everywhere during the trial, working...

    Steve was everywhere during the trial, working and keeping everything running smoothly. Good guy and a great win. Congratulations.
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    Oh, dog injury. I was thinking human error....

    Oh, dog injury. I was thinking human error. Here's a tip - Make sure your hands are in the center of the tailgate when you close it. Smashing your fingers between the tailgate and topper is...
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    Just to update. Lyle was his old self the next...

    Just to update. Lyle was his old self the next morning, happy as ever and no apparent side effects once the swelling had gone down. But, we're adding liquid benadryl to the first aid bag.
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    "Halfway to the blind, he smelled a nice bucket...

    "Halfway to the blind, he smelled a nice bucket filled with birds from the day before."
    You can't expect a young dog to ignore its nose. But you'll build to the point where pup can reliably run past...
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    Here in central Virginia we're about covered in...

    Here in central Virginia we're about covered in ticks and chiggers. The day Lyle got bit we killed a large copperhead on our training pond some miles away. Rattlers and the occasional cottonmouth add...
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    So the dogs went out for a an unsupervised walk Friday AM. The older golden was last to come back and soon showed extensive swelling in his left jowl. Yep, what looked like fang marks about 1"...
  10. For info on vehicles that can be towed 4 down or...

    For info on vehicles that can be towed 4 down or on a dolly check the most recent issue of "Trailer Life" magazine towing guide. http://www.trailerlife.com/trailer-towing-guides/
    Decisions to be...
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    Public Training Grounds - Etiquette

    Here's a tip. If you drive up early - but not that early - to a "first come first served" public training pond, and you see a guy standing in a white jacket, with a dog at heel, and another dog at...
  12. Beautiful grounds. Good people. Cool mountain...

    Beautiful grounds. Good people. Cool mountain air.
    What more could you ask for?
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    Thanks for sharing. Have never been to a NAHRA...

    Thanks for sharing. Have never been to a NAHRA event but always good to see more opportunities for the dogs.
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    That's as good a summation of HTs as you're going...

    That's as good a summation of HTs as you're going to get.
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    With all due respect, most failures I've seen...

    With all due respect, most failures I've seen judging SH were due to handler error. (Often regretted I could not give 1/2 ribbon to the good dog who had a bad handler.) As someone else said, once you...
  16. By rule, no. Don't put the HT sec'y on the spot...

    By rule, no. Don't put the HT sec'y on the spot and ask for something that could create a problem for the club. AKC can get real finicky about taking entries or moving dogs after the close other than...
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    I don't think that legally or ethically this...

    I don't think that legally or ethically this meets the intent of regs against "wanton waste." However, you might run into issues of possession limits and possession of birds out of season. (I've had...
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    A "place board" is an excellent tool to use for...

    A "place board" is an excellent tool to use for teaching position and steadiness. Gives pup a clearly defined area, makes it very clear if his movement slips him off the board. 4 2x4s and a piece of...
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    Best of luck on your journey. Enjoyed meeting and...

    Best of luck on your journey. Enjoyed meeting and training with you. You'll always have a place in FL to come to.

    Bob Swift
    Lyle
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    The discussion was started by the OP referring to...

    The discussion was started by the OP referring to a Senior (aka AKC) HT. 'Course there's nothing in the rules at RTF that requires a thread to stay on topic.
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    Nothing. But that's not the language. All it says...

    Nothing. But that's not the language. All it says is that the honor dog must be in a position where pup is able to see the marks. How do you instruct the honor handler when you are judging?
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    The rules do not require that the dog actually...

    The rules do not require that the dog actually watch each mark. Only that pup is an a position where he is able to see. And, all discussion to the contrary the position of the dog, as Tom has...
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    No, the discussion has been about perseverance,...

    No, the discussion has been about perseverance, trainability and style as well as marking. Most would seem to give the pup in question good to high scores for marking. It's the other stuff we are...
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    No. The book specifically refers to higher...

    No. The book specifically refers to higher expectations for senior and then master dogs.
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    Can't judge what I did not see. And as noted...

    Can't judge what I did not see. And as noted above I'd want a look at the bird and maybe the fall area. And maybe ask the handler to check the dog's mouth to make sure there was not a problem. (Had...
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