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    ReaganW In explaining the differences 'twixt...

    ReaganW

    In explaining the differences 'twixt thee and me in clicker teaching / training a gundog, I don't want to be seen as offering criticism, constructive or otherwise; we all do what we do.
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    Well done, and have a medal for gallantry in the...

    Well done, and have a medal for gallantry in the face of the enemy. ;-)

    I clicker train (or used to) but go about it in a very different way than you, so what I saw in the movie doesn't fit my...
  3. Mike, whatever NOBS started out as it finished up...

    Mike, whatever NOBS started out as it finished up something very different, mostly a money making exercise. There was a big bust up over the direction it was taking and the old start up gang voted...
  4. I'm somewhat distressed that Mr Meldrum fails to...

    I'm somewhat distressed that Mr Meldrum fails to mention the importance of "socialisation" in HRH's Labs; when Sandringham Sydney ate my corned beef and pickle sandwiches, this aspect was mentioned...
  5. Hello Paxpup and welcome to RTF; you've come to...

    Hello Paxpup and welcome to RTF; you've come to the right place for help.

    From memory there is a shed training DVD and book available from a chap called Tom Dokken; he's a specialist in dummies...
  6. DL, I don't rightly get this US style walk up....

    DL,

    I don't rightly get this US style walk up.

    Our (UK) definition is a line of dogs and handlers together with a few Guns, moving across ground with Spaniels working in front; Springers flush...
  7. Brett, this is one of those routines when there...

    Brett, this is one of those routines when there isn't much in it for the dog and so we can get as Terry says some "sticky" points.

    Fido doesn't see this as a useful building block leading to nice...
  8. Wasn't that wonderful? Roy, Dale, and Trigger...

    Wasn't that wonderful?

    Roy, Dale, and Trigger came to Birmingham in 1954 when I was eight, and I can remember walking down the street hand in hand with Mom and Dad to the old Birmingham Hippodrome...
  9. Well you are a big bunch of softies! I didn't...

    Well you are a big bunch of softies! I didn't anticipate anything like your responses both in open forum and via PM; thank you very much, it was very touching (and lets face it I've always been a bit...
  10. End of the trail; Blimp investigates the sunset.

    Well boys and girls, that's it for me and the world of dogs and training, I've hung up the whistle and 2015 will be my last season. We are about to sell Blimp Towers in Wales and move down into South...
  11. Paul, Kennel Maiden was competing in that...

    Paul,

    Kennel Maiden was competing in that Trial; her comments on the video are quoted below.



    It's also possible the bird ran on from the pitch.

    Eug
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    Your understanding is in serious need of...

    Your understanding is in serious need of recalibration.

    Yes, stop doing it. Dogs learn by repetition, so all you are doing right now is teaching him to do exactly what you don't want. There are...
  13. That's actually a very profound statement. In any...

    That's actually a very profound statement. In any training set up there are two entities involved and both will be learning. As trainers we'll either be reinforcing our own perceptions (right or...
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    Steve, I guess we've all been taken once, I...

    Steve,

    I guess we've all been taken once, I certainly was with my first ever working dog, and in cash terms he cost even more than you've forked out.

    If that's the downside then the positive...
  15. Terry asked To compete in FTs in Ireland or...

    Terry asked

    To compete in FTs in Ireland or UK is nigh on impossible for a furriner; the FT societies entry requirements would be a mountain to climb and very expensive. However getting a few...
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    Mine do that all the time.:rolleyes: No. There...

    Mine do that all the time.:rolleyes:

    No. There is not such concept in a British FT, nor I think in a US one come to that.

    Birds will be shot as a covey passes over the line of Guns and the dog...
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    AFAIK there isn't a current FTCh chocco in UK and...

    AFAIK there isn't a current FTCh chocco in UK and hasn't been for years; I don't see many in the field either.

    Hug
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    Welcome to the world of picking up on driven...

    Welcome to the world of picking up on driven shoots. Turn up with your dog(s), find the birds, and take your $60 home at the end of the day. :D

    In contrast to most posters I've loaned a dog for a...
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    Sue, I don't want to act as an advertising...

    Sue,

    I don't want to act as an advertising agent for Fendawood, but if you check their website frozen semen is available.

    Hug
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    Honestly, I don't know; I'm not well enough...

    Honestly, I don't know; I'm not well enough informed about either genetics or the US scene to give a sensible answer. Empirically it's possible, but I've no idea if it happens at all.

    Given that...
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    HPL postedGood point. This is where the...

    HPL postedGood point.

    This is where the subjective thing kicks in. Until just recently I was a coastal wildfowler (too old and knackered now, can't take the cold) so I want a dog capable of...
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    In a word, no. That's why I thought this guy...

    In a word, no. That's why I thought this guy looked so nice, at least to my eyes; it's all very subjective.

    I agree with the comments about muscle definition; if he was working three and four...
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    What a working Lab should look like.

    We're always droning on about conformation in RTF and airing views on what a real Lab should look like. Poking around the net today I came across this pic.

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  24. Early success runs in the family (like wooden...

    Early success runs in the family (like wooden legs). Dan's sire won the IGL at 2 1/2 years old. http://fendawoodstuddogs.weebly.com/uploads/3/0/5/0/30501658/_____dell_pedigree.pdf and won it again...
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    Never have, and unlikely ever to do so. I'm...

    Never have, and unlikely ever to do so.

    I'm aware that the stick is used other than just for heel training, so as per MissySkeeter I teach these simple behaviours first (with clicker in my case)...
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