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    In my opinion, a talented dog with high prey...

    In my opinion, a talented dog with high prey drive, yet possessing a reliable "on-off switch" is the Holy Grail.
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    That's good...made me smile this morning! ...

    That's good...made me smile this morning!

    We've already done the dirt work, put down the rock, and put up the forms. My contractor mentioned that the fibers would wear off quickly, but I didn't...
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    I think their answer would only hold water if...

    I think their answer would only hold water if they had considerable experience with American-bred dogs as well. The only folks I ever see make such a blanket statement are those that do not have...
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    Just had a female come back in after her litter...

    Just had a female come back in after her litter in late May. She's on her regular cycle.
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    Concrete question

    Here's one for you contractors and concrete guys. We're preparing to pour our new kennel runs, and my contractor buddy mentions using a fiber in the concrete mixture as opposed to using wire. While...
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    I own and train both American-bred and UK-bred...

    I own and train both American-bred and UK-bred Labs, and I have to disagree with several of the previous posts. From my experience, the UK-bred dogs tend to be more submissive than their...
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    Prioritize exactly what you're looking for, and...

    Prioritize exactly what you're looking for, and start your search for breeders with similar goals. Make health clearances a priority.
  8. I had been seriously considering the Benelli...

    I had been seriously considering the Benelli Vinci and Browning A5 when I ran across the Affinity, and immediately loved the feel and swing. I've done considerable research and the reviews have been...
  9. I've owned a few, and trained several more. In...

    I've owned a few, and trained several more. In general, they have been nice working and hunt test dogs. Some are/were obviously better than others. FWIW, we just put an HR title on our UK x...
  10. "did YOU get any training?? my dog (14 months...

    "did YOU get any training?? my dog (14 months old) was with trainer for 5-6 months, has her HR and is doing finished work....she runs ALOT smoother with him but is getting alot better with me..."
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    I've been told this is an outstanding training...

    I've been told this is an outstanding training area. I live about 45 minutes away, and need to take a drive down there and check it out. Any advance permission needed?
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    All of my personal dogs, and several of my client...

    All of my personal dogs, and several of my client dogs are UK-bred (field-bred). We'll have several running hunt tests this fall, from HRC Started-Finished.
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    I like the fact that you're already in "research"...

    I like the fact that you're already in "research" mode, even though your puppy purchase is still a ways off. If you have the opportunity, visit a local hunt test and watch a Seasoned/Senior and...
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    I found your problem... Jeez dude...really???

    I found your problem...

    Jeez dude...really???
  15. Nice breeding, Chuck!

    Nice breeding, Chuck!
  16. Congrats to both you and Dave! Looks like he's...

    Congrats to both you and Dave! Looks like he's out of Rick's kennels. Who are his sire and dam?
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    Last fall, I was handling two young BLF's in...

    Last fall, I was handling two young BLF's in Started. While in the holding blind with the younger of the two, a club member brought her very "active" Finished dog (off-lead) up parallel to us,...
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    The dog in question IS sensitive...but she also...

    The dog in question IS sensitive...but she also has below average desire. In my experience, you begin to see the issues with a sensitive dog when you start repetitive drill work, and when you begin...
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    Gun safety is a big deal in HRC, and is something...

    Gun safety is a big deal in HRC, and is something you need to be very aware of. The judges will greatly appreciate you telling them "Open" (as in the gun's action) and "On" (as in the gun's safety)...
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    Jay- The entire point of the post was to...

    Jay-

    The entire point of the post was to provoke thought on the subject! I already know what I'm going to do with this little girl, nor am I seeking training advice. Just wanted to post a topic...
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    Mary Lynn...it's just her general demeanor, and I...

    Mary Lynn...it's just her general demeanor, and I think that's just "who she is". Not a product of pressure, as I've handled her with kid gloves from the start due to her attitude. If she were a...
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    Drive or Desire...one and the same?

    I currently have a 8 month-old BLF in training that's giving me mixed signals. While she's shown good prey (and retrieving) DRIVE up to this point, she's also shown me (to quote Ron White) that...
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    Yep...and it was the dog's first time running a...

    Yep...and it was the dog's first time running a Finished test to boot. Complete disaster, as you can imagine.
  24. I feel "steadiness" is a continuation of "sit",...

    I feel "steadiness" is a continuation of "sit", and teach it as thus. Our pups are taught the "sit" command at a very young age (meaning "sit" means "sit") using food and treats. This transfers...
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    You beat me to it, Ed!

    You beat me to it, Ed!
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