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    Darrin, I think Nancy's point, one I agree with...

    Darrin, I think Nancy's point, one I agree with by the way, is that dogs are born with varying degrees of the tendency to make eye contact with humans. Of course we build on it through training, but...
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    As long as you're not paying him to handle your...

    As long as you're not paying him to handle your dog, it wont affect his amateur status. It is perfectly ok.
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    In my experience and I was this way with my first...

    In my experience and I was this way with my first dog too, I think most newbies put too much emphasis on line manners and steadiness with very young pups. It is an easy thing to do and looks...
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    I agree with this, using the cue Mark is pretty...

    I agree with this, using the cue Mark is pretty universal in our sport, I don't see any reason to reinvent the wheel on this one.
  5. Even when we are done for the day and picking up...

    Even when we are done for the day and picking up decoys, Alex scans the sky and watches ducks fly over...
    http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o320/GlacierJohn/DuckhuntAlexlookingupNov82011.jpg

    Gus...
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    Hi David, if he is fine during the cooler months,...

    Hi David, if he is fine during the cooler months, I'll bet it is heat related. My dog is always ready to go, but we seem to hit a middle of the summer slump every year. I know it's a lot hotter down...
  7. My Alex is a "sky watcher", and somehow ducks...

    My Alex is a "sky watcher", and somehow ducks don't seem to mind a red dog sitting right out in the open. Alex is so good at picking up on distant and approaching ducks, that many times my buddy and...
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    Montana trained dogs did pretty well down there,...

    Montana trained dogs did pretty well down there, congrats to all.
  9. Sure I've seen lots of dogs that were only fair...

    Sure I've seen lots of dogs that were only fair on land, but spectacular in the third and fourth series. You can win a lot of trials that way. Eric Fangsrud had a dog years ago that rarely got past...
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    I agree, an aggressive dog in our sport is not...

    I agree, an aggressive dog in our sport is not big news. First, cudo's to the OP for recognizing and owning up to the problem. I see way too many people who are in denial or just plain clueless about...
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    Obviously you can use any cue word you want, but...

    Obviously you can use any cue word you want, but from a rules standpoint what's the difference between saying "mark" or "watch" before the judges call for the birds?
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    Did you get any Open or Amateur call backs Mitty?

    Did you get any Open or Amateur call backs Mitty?
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    I think five different episodes with five...

    I think five different episodes with five different dogs, all drawing blood put it on the dog.
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    Is he bonkers to retrieve the short-in-the-water...

    Is he bonkers to retrieve the short-in-the-water marks? Does he love to retrieve in general or is he just doing it to please you? You may need to hype up the drive, get a helper to throw with a...
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    I live in NW Montana, our hunting season begins...

    I live in NW Montana, our hunting season begins the first of October when temps are still pretty nice. Air temps can range from 30s at dawn to high 70s during the day. I don't know what the water...
  16. Congrats on finishing the National! Nine series...

    Congrats on finishing the National! Nine series in the US Amateur National and this, Rusty is really on a roll this year.
  17. I totally agree with that, much easier to do hunt...

    I totally agree with that, much easier to do hunt test after training for and running field trials. If your dog is comfortable even doing qualifying level blinds and giving you good initial lines...
  18. Just as a note of encouragement, a lot of us...

    Just as a note of encouragement, a lot of us started in hunt test and made the move into field trials. I'm sure some people closer to you will pipe in shortly with some names of FT trainers in your...
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    Sticky: Any information on nice dog friendly RV resorts...

    Any information on nice dog friendly RV resorts near the field trial grounds?
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    Are we still talking about binos to use while...

    Are we still talking about binos to use while running a water blind or all purpose optics?
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    I have those plus Leica Ultravid 8x42 and Nikon...

    I have those plus Leica Ultravid 8x42 and Nikon SE 8x32 and 10x42, all great optics but way-way too powerful for dog training use. You need that low power, wide angle, super deep focus a 4-6 power...
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    I'm only harsh on the "auto-focus" 4 power...

    I'm only harsh on the "auto-focus" 4 power Bushnells that are popular with dog handlers. They are junk, too bulky to wear, piss poor optics, not waterproof and a someone pointed out, they are a fixed...
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    I was there and I'd say half if not most were...

    I was there and I'd say half if not most were using the Yosemites. The people still using Bushnells just haven't tried the Yosemite yet. Sound's like I own stock in Leupold, I don't, I'm just a freak...
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    Leupold Yosemite 6x30, compact, fits flat against...

    Leupold Yosemite 6x30, compact, fits flat against the chest, fantastic optics, once focused it is set from 50 yards to infinity, relatively wide field so easy to track your dog, water proof and...
  25. Good job Robbie, a truly nice guy, good handler...

    Good job Robbie, a truly nice guy, good handler and great dog.
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