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    The "spread" is determined by the interchangeable...

    The "spread" is determined by the interchangeable choke tubes so,the 20 ga. Can have the same size as the 12 ga. The recoil is determined by the weight/amount of shot in the shell so a 12 ga...
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    Lol, it's all meant in good fun. I've actually...

    Lol, it's all meant in good fun.

    I've actually spent quite a bit of time considering the phenomenon of "pointing" although as a Springer field trailer, my perspective is "how to avoid it."...
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    I saved this column a few yrs ago for one of my...

    I saved this column a few yrs ago for one of my pointy dog friends:

    http://www.angelfire.com/mn3/coverdog/counterpoint.html

    He didn't appreciate it as much as me. ;)
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    Not having much luck w/ the retrieving however...

    Not having much luck w/ the retrieving however...
  5. I've been told, "When I do it, it's called line...

    I've been told, "When I do it, it's called line breeding. When that other guy does it, it's called inbreeding." ;)
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    4 months is an awkward stage for any pup both in...

    4 months is an awkward stage for any pup both in terms of looks & personality. Go have a look at your Jr High yearbook & give her a break. ;)
  7. Spaniel (Upland) Hunt Test in Central Texas

    The Heart of Texas Spaniel Club welcomes Labs & Goldens to our test on Oct 18 & 19 near Manor, TX. The club trains Saturday mornings so if you want to come evaluate your retriever prior to entering...
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    This recent controversy isnít really about...

    This recent controversy isnít really about ecollars. The ecollar is just an easy target for the ďPurely PositiveĒ cultists. Thatís why they refer to it as a ďshock collarĒ because to the...
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    You might try giving her a clipped wing pigeon &...

    You might try giving her a clipped wing pigeon & letting her chase it. I've had pups look at me like I was a God after their 1st experience.
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    Well done Barb! You & Tito are very lucky to...

    Well done Barb!

    You & Tito are very lucky to have each other.
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    It sometimes takes some experience for the dog to...

    It sometimes takes some experience for the dog to understand what he's looking for. I've had a couple that had retrieved lot's of pigeons in training (same family of bird) but their first time...
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    Oh yeah? Well....

    Oh yeah? Well....
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    Iíve trained & titled a retriever in MH & HRCH...

    Iíve trained & titled a retriever in MH & HRCH retriever tests & 2 Springers & a Cocker in the Spaniel tests. Whether thereís a benefit to running your retriever in the spaniel test depends on what...
  14. Thread: Popping?

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    I donít think the dirt clod drill is appropriate...

    I donít think the dirt clod drill is appropriate for a spaniel that you intend to run trials with. It is intended to teach the dog to stay in the area of a fall even if he doesnít find the bird. In...
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    Hebrew National.

    Hebrew National.
  16. Another Dobbs disciple Gary Breitbarth, developed...

    Another Dobbs disciple Gary Breitbarth, developed a program using place boards to teach his field trial Springers to run a pattern. He's trained A few NFC Springers that way so there are a lot of...
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    What part do you disagree with? I think training...

    What part do you disagree with?
    I think training some high drive dogs is like squeezing a balloon. Pressure in obedience can show up as some of the other issues I mentioned. Keep in mind I'm...
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    It's possible to have a dog that's technically...

    It's possible to have a dog that's technically steady but still a PITA to sit next to. Happy feet, vocalization & mouth problems are sometimes the price of a really high drive dog.
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    Actually, you can't always take it out. I think...

    Actually, you can't always take it out. I think that saying is from the days before Labs had been selectively bred to the extent they are today to have the drive to succeed in modern field trials.
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    Well said Sir. To the OP's question,...

    Well said Sir.



    To the OP's question, there’s not an equivalent “program” like Lardy for training the upland retriever but the Hickox DVDs are a good start. From there, I’d suggest you find a...
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    Pigeons are fine in a dog crate, pheasants need...

    Pigeons are fine in a dog crate, pheasants need to be in something that keeps them hunkered down & covered with a dog food bag ormomething similar so they don't kill themselves flushing into the top.
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    Iím a fan of the HRC retriever tests but the UH...

    Iím a fan of the HRC retriever tests but the UH (as it is typically run) is pretty much a joke. As Swack mentioned, the test doesnít evaluate anything except, will your dog sit on command. While...
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    Take more pictures.
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    Nothing wrong with letting a dog teach himself...

    Nothing wrong with letting a dog teach himself though. I like to save my thunder whenever possible & there are a lot opportunities during FF to create other problems ( chomping, stickiness, etc.)...
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    A Dokken dummy works.

    A Dokken dummy works.
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