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    Flatwalk, I would guess that it's as mixed a...

    Flatwalk,

    I would guess that it's as mixed a picture in the US as it is here; if there is money to be made from a potential breeding, even if the progeny are likely to be less than stellar, that...
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    As you know in common with a lot of Villains I...

    As you know in common with a lot of Villains I wanted Pulis to come to Witton Lane, but when he was available Lerner and Lampwick were still best bosom buddies. I was happy to see Sherwood arrive...
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    Cruel, cruel. Eug

    Cruel, cruel.

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    RTF has a lot more life in it than NOBS these...

    RTF has a lot more life in it than NOBS these days; I don't see or hear of it at all. An ex-Parrot IMO

    Chris, if you say RTF with a Scottish brogue you're not too far away!

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    For Sharon and the other ladies ....... Would...

    For Sharon and the other ladies .......

    Would the red flashes be a disqualification?

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4034/4262836178_2f1592fda8_z.jpg

    What the well dressed picker up isn't...
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    Justin, What a bugger. Sorry for you mate, but...

    Justin,

    What a bugger. Sorry for you mate, but it's onwards and upwards now; always been the same and always will be. I know just how it feels, I recently lost two at that age, within months of...
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    That's a desperately short time. I've found...

    That's a desperately short time.

    I've found that a dog will accept his new surroundings and handler inside that time, but he won't trust you. A dog that's been neglected will take a lot longer...
  8. Scotland; forget the rest. Except the Spanish...

    Scotland; forget the rest. Except the Spanish Balearic Islands for the partridge shooting. Or France, for the wild boar and the food. Maybe Italy for chamois and Chianti. Perhaps Germany for...
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    Joining a well established group is the best...

    Joining a well established group is the best thing you can do, above all others; a wise move.

    I don't like the Strawski stuff very much, there are some poor examples of training shown. Lardy's...
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    There isn't much a good ESS can't do in the field...

    There isn't much a good ESS can't do in the field and still be a nice dog in the home.

    In UK they are commonly used as no-slip retrievers on formal days and do the job just as well, and in many...
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    Laurie, Springers in the UK are in pretty good...

    Laurie,

    Springers in the UK are in pretty good heart, assuming the show strains are avoided. A 'Cocker from working lines might fit their bill too, but many of them are somewhat high powered for...
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    Sharon posted This is the heart of it I think. ...

    Sharon posted This is the heart of it I think.

    Gauge, one of the mantras of dog training (like most of them, forgotten in the heat of battle!) is "Be consistent, but not predicable" so Sharon's...
  13. We sometimes fall into the trap of using treats...

    We sometimes fall into the trap of using treats as bribes; it shouldn't be that way, use the treat only as a reward for good performance, not as an inducement. There is also a danger in using a treat...
  14. Captain Jack postedESVAducks CJ is right but I'd...

    Captain Jack postedESVAducks CJ is right but I'd just add that I've have found that the initial teaching phase (heel, reverse heel, sit, recall) is quicker and more precise as to body positioning...
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    Don, I don't collar train and likely never...

    Don,

    I don't collar train and likely never will, but I see clicker as a teaching tool only, albeit the best I've come across. For gun dogs there comes a point where we need to switch from teaching...
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    Goldensrule, from memory (which ain't what it...

    Goldensrule, from memory (which ain't what it used to was!) Raven was about seven months when the video was made. If you really get stuck in with clicker the results come very quickly; I have seen...
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    I am Clickatus. It's a great tool for teaching...

    I am Clickatus.

    It's a great tool for teaching obedience tasks, body position, focussing on the handler and correcting certain faults; those who dismiss it out of hand are missing a trick and...
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    Actually, no. You can't say something has or...

    Actually, no. You can't say something has or hasn't worked until you've tested it, and to the best of my knowledge no one in UK has ever used a Carr based program with the aim of entering Field...
  19. People are still very fond of their dogs whether...

    People are still very fond of their dogs whether potential FTChs or not, and want to do the best for them. Nor is it given to everyone to be able to afford the cream of the crop. There is the another...
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    David asked I've always fed my lot twice a day,...

    David asked I've always fed my lot twice a day, and this helps with keeping up a good water intake. Apart from having free access to water, morning and evening dry feeds are served covered with warm...
  21. Well now that sculpture group takes me back a...

    Well now that sculpture group takes me back a bit.. It stood outside what was then the City Register Office opposite The Hall of Memory. I did my HNC Chem at Matthew Boultion Technical College (just...
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    I've used the Royal Canin SO with good success...

    I've used the Royal Canin SO with good success and thought it worth the money.

    I didn't have to use it for too long, about a couple of months from memory, then reverted to another (hypoallegenic)...
  23. And from a Brummie Irishman living in Wales...

    And from a Brummie Irishman living in Wales ...... Nadolig Llawen!

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    You can switch whistles without much trouble; the...

    You can switch whistles without much trouble; the dog cottons on pretty quickly.

    As regards the Acme silent job, they are standard issue for Springer work and very effective; I tune mine to give...
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    I'd just add to crackreds point about...

    I'd just add to crackreds point about supplemental feeding, and also to tzappias post above.

    I feed mine with the "best" kibble that money can buy, but in a hard winter working four and five days...
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