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    If you are set on salt water a big tank usually...

    If you are set on salt water a big tank usually works better because the water quality is more stable. A 120 is a good size to do salt water
  2. Yes. Too much poison bird training will diminish...

    Yes. Too much poison bird training will diminish marking. One way to increase comfort with poison birds is to usually let him pick up poison bird after doing the PB blind
  3. My condolences Dave and Marty

    My condolences Dave and Marty
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    I know the Q has different significance for...

    I know the Q has different significance for different judges. When I judge it I see it as the best venue to attract new people into FTs. If I hadn't gotten a JAM in my first Q I might not be running...
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    I don't think its 100 percent man made. I think...

    I don't think its 100 percent man made. I think some dogs have it as a quirk or nervous behavior that stress will exaggerate. Kind of like stuttering that gets worse when someone is nervous. I've...
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    I'm going to miss Lanse. He welcomed me as a...

    I'm going to miss Lanse. He welcomed me as a newcomer to field trials nearly 10 years ago and was supportive to me and other newbies to the sport over the years.He truly cared about the sport and the...
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    Some of you may know that Charlie Moody is...

    Some of you may know that Charlie Moody is running Bobby Smith's dogs in the open. Bobby stayed home in Mississippi this summer to care for his wife and Charlie just got word that Bobby's wife of 45...
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    (MS) FC Moodys Nitz "Smitty"

    Smitty is black and yellow factored. He is 80 lbs and good looking. He is intense and focused but is quiet and manageable at the line. Laid back in the house and great around other dogs,puppies and...
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    No pressure Steve. Tune ups aren't about bailing...

    No pressure Steve. Tune ups aren't about bailing big off points or really about casting. They are to make dog comfortable with skinny entries tight to shorelines. More pressure defeats the purpose....
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    Big Congrats to Steve O'connell on the open win....

    Big Congrats to Steve O'connell on the open win. Thanks to the Keith Griffith and Ben Sutton for putting on great trial in not the best of weather. The am ran smoothly mostly because of great...
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    I see plenty of folks that have been in it a long...

    I see plenty of folks that have been in it a long time that dont use a pro or use one only occasionally. I have heard many times about Q's that were "harder" than the open. I have NEVER seen a Q that...
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    I think the Q is much easier than the derby for...

    I think the Q is much easier than the derby for the new guy to have success in. The Q is a natural fit for the talented MH to transition to FTs. The am would be a MUCH bigger jump. I would not be...
  13. What Dave said

    What Dave said
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    Glad to hear the encouraging news Jeff!

    Glad to hear the encouraging news Jeff!
  15. Thread: In shock

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    So sorry for your loss. I know it is devastating...

    So sorry for your loss. I know it is devastating as I have been through the same thing.Hopefully you will eventually find comfort in the fact that you gave your dog the best life a dog can have. Your...
  16. Nice pup but not the types of marks I'd want to...

    Nice pup but not the types of marks I'd want to throw if he were mine no matter how good he is. Those marks present challenges other than distance and the fact that he is doing lots of quartering and...
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    I did the same thing years ago. The pup...

    I did the same thing years ago. The pup eventually washed out. I don't know if the loud plane ride was a factor or not but I don't plan to do it again. BTW the plane we flew was a VERY loud homebuilt...
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    Find a pro that will let you throw birds in...

    Find a pro that will let you throw birds in exchange for you getting to run your dog on his set ups
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    I will miss Tommy. I enjoyed times at the flyer...

    I will miss Tommy. I enjoyed times at the flyer station talking about dogs, field trials,and life in general. He welcomed me as a newcomer to field trials and I always liked to see his big old truck...
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    I have been around a lot of UK bred dogs. I think...

    I have been around a lot of UK bred dogs. I think some could with the right start and training might be able to compete in AA land work.
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    It's not simply natural marking ability and...

    It's not simply natural marking ability and counting birds. Even with a good marker it's tough to do that middle distance retired with the flyer close by. Or that momma poppa with the flyer deep to...
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    How is the "draw" done for UK trials? Is it by...

    How is the "draw" done for UK trials? Is it by computer, or is it by the members of a given club?
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    The difference is the water is where trials are...

    The difference is the water is where trials are won in the US. If our trials were all land work we wouldn't need Ff ore collars either
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    Way to go Richard. I hope to keep seeing you at...

    Way to go Richard. I hope to keep seeing you at FTs. You have success every time you come play with the white coats!
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    Thank you Gregg and Glen for giving up your...

    Thank you Gregg and Glen for giving up your weekend. Great marks and blinds. Big thank you to the members of Black Warrior for working hard to put on such a smooth event!
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