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  1. Chattanooga Fall Trial 10/2-10/4/2015 - JUDGES NEEDED

    We have the dates set. The grounds will be the usual grounds in Birchwood, TN. We are good to go on birds and bird boys. Anyone who has been to our last couple of trials has seen that we have some...
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    Ernie Hawkins' Contact Information

    If anyone has his phone number, please PM me. I would like to speak with him about his dog, Topbrass Hawks Blackhawk. Thanks in advance.
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    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! That was...

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! That was the issue, no more no less.
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    At a Hunting Test (Rules Violation)

    A dog at honor in a Master was clearly about to break. He had crept up at least four or five feet. The handler, who knew darn well what he was doing, was saying "Heel," repeatedly and at a level...
  5. I can't tell you about Merrick but I called Blue...

    I can't tell you about Merrick but I called Blue Buffalo years ago and asked them if they made their food. When I was told they did not, I asked where it was made. I was told they didn't disclose...
  6. Thread: split nail

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    I had the same issue and tried to seal it with...

    I had the same issue and tried to seal it with Super Glue. The glue collected at the base of the nail and then cured. This ended up making things much worse and it created a burr under the saddle...
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    I have found it to be helpful in competitions,...

    I have found it to be helpful in competitions, hunting, and general utility. With the field dogs I've trained, it comes in handy to be able to heel a dog on each side and work dogs from either side...
  8. Total class but I'd expect nothing else from you,...

    Total class but I'd expect nothing else from you, John McCallie.
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    PMI Nutrition Red Flannel-Observation

    I have been helping out a friend with his brown dog. The dog has stayed with me some to be socialized with other dogs and because his owner travels frequently. In the last two times of picking up...
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    I like them for helping build drive in young dogs...

    I like them for helping build drive in young dogs and for working on steadiness/honoring with multiple dogs.
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    This news choked me up. I was lucky enough to...

    This news choked me up. I was lucky enough to spend time with Tommy a number of times. I shot with Tommy at the very first trial I worked at in 2002 and worked or shot along side him quite a few...
  12. Thread: Refusals..?

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    I am going to disagree with some here. Training...

    I am going to disagree with some here. Training around distractions is an integral part of obedience training once the dog is very familiar with the commands. Doing so solidifies your training. ...
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    I live in Chattanooga and run in field trials. ...

    I live in Chattanooga and run in field trials. PM sent.
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    When I train a dog, formal obedience starts...

    When I train a dog, formal obedience starts around six months of age. By this point, the dog has had months of puppy time, treat training, and basic leash training. What he hasn't had is training...
  15. I have an A.R.E. with windoors and the sliders on...

    I have an A.R.E. with windoors and the sliders on my F150. They seemed like a pricey option but they are worth every penny. If there is any breeze at all, it's almost like a/c with those things...
  16. In hunting tests, in general, dogs will be judged...

    In hunting tests, in general, dogs will be judged on their routes to and hunts in the area of the fall. Did they go out of their way to avoid a factor such as water or cover and therefore show a...
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    Q a couple of years ago. The handler in front of...

    Q a couple of years ago. The handler in front of me was a young hunting test trainer running his first Q. His dog had put on a huge hunt for the short retired so he started handling. That didn't...
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    It has a lot of grain. It's a mediocre food at...

    It has a lot of grain. It's a mediocre food at best. The same company makes Earthborn Holistic. It's an excellent food but is quite a bit more expensive. Their Primitive Natural formula is the...
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    There is NOTHING you described as intmidation...

    There is NOTHING you described as intmidation that is intimidating. Tapping a leg to say "Here," before the guns go off so the dog will better see a bird is intimidation? I call that being a good...
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    I just switched to The Answer. I still have two...

    I just switched to The Answer. I still have two original design Mega whistles. I also have a blue Dallesasse. I hate the Dallesasse and always have. It's very loud, no doubt, but for whatever...
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    My one recommendation is to use the oldest,...

    My one recommendation is to use the oldest, water-logged ducks you can find and use them for training. I don't force-fetch but many a force-fetched dog has failed a test due to dropping the nasty...
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    Let me clarify. I totally understand about not...

    Let me clarify. I totally understand about not using them at the line. That's just common sense. The judges, gallery, and pro's running multiple dogs would be acting like they'd just been to the...
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    Use of Primer Poppers in Hunting Tests

    I understand there are issues as to why they are used such as cost and proximity to the line. However, as someone who has been around dogs a lot when either live rounds or regular poppers have been...
  24. I'm so sorry. I was talking with Ken at the...

    I'm so sorry. I was talking with Ken at the Middle Tennessee trial and he said she'd just had surgery a couple of days before. She was an amazing dog.
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    Personally, I'm not a fan of making dogs fearful...

    Personally, I'm not a fan of making dogs fearful of the land and always taking a watery route. That can hurt marking and blinds as much as cheating. I want my dog to understand straight lines are...
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