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    Bless your heart, Eug

    Bless your heart,

    Eug
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    It's true. This dozy bugger fell in by...

    It's true.

    This dozy bugger fell in by accident and I had to throw him a life buoy.

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/89/271188526_241a27fd75_z.jpg

    Eug
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    British Field trials ... slideshow.

    Further to the British Lab thread, (again!) you may find the link below of interest. Slideshows of some Trials held in Northumberland; lots of doggy and terrain pics. Kennel Maiden of this forum won...
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    test slide show

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    http://www.ndlabclub.co.uk/field-trials-gallery.html
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    British Labs .... spot the no-legs ploddder. ...

    British Labs .... spot the no-legs ploddder.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3315/3222428880_7045d0d4f2_o.jpg https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3303/3222497218_fcc9de67f5.jpg...
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    IW asked Bloody thing's water shy, that's what....

    IW asked Bloody thing's water shy, that's what. Clearly trying to avoid getting his feet wet.;)

    Slán ......

    Eug
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    How very inconvenient. I find it much more...

    How very inconvenient. I find it much more agreeable to get mine to sit to the whistle.;)

    Not merely cracked one, but broken the bottom bit off a front tooth. This is one of the hazards of giving...
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    Not so off the wall at all IMO, and it points up...

    Not so off the wall at all IMO, and it points up one of the differences in UK and US training objectives.

    In a UK FT your dog will be eliminated for picking unshot game; this applies to both...
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    Todd, Agreed. It's generally accepted in UK...

    Todd,

    Agreed. It's generally accepted in UK that the only way for two people to share a hide safely is for only one of them to have a gun and do the shooting. All of my mates have their own...
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    Robert, Not big on wood pigeon over decoys in...

    Robert,

    Not big on wood pigeon over decoys in your neck of the woods then?

    'V' shaped front to the net hide, sitting on an old oil drum, and shooting them whilst sitting (you, not the birds,...
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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!

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

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

    Would the red flashes be a disqualification?

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    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...
  18. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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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