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  1. Chris, thanks for all you've done over the years...

    Chris, thanks for all you've done over the years to make RTF what it is today. Wishing you all the very best in future endeavors!
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    Way cool video, Frank! And nice work by Boot,...

    Way cool video, Frank! And nice work by Boot, too.:)
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    Vicki, I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

    Vicki, I'm so sorry for your loss. :(
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    :) Glad it helped. Hard part is maintaining...

    :) Glad it helped. Hard part is maintaining that standard, no matter what.
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    All dogs won't be the same, of course. But if...

    All dogs won't be the same, of course. But if the standard you want is set from the beginning, you've got a lot better shot at it than if you let it slide for a few years. ;) That's usually where...
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    ;) And that's when some of the best money spent...

    ;) And that's when some of the best money spent is burning a few entry fees to help the dog understand that "under judgement" doesn't mean anything different. There isn't really a cure....there is...
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    There isn't really a post or article, just...

    There isn't really a post or article, just something I shared with Stan at a hunt test a few years back, and worked with Carol on when they were here several years ago. It's really pretty simple:
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    Where do you live?

    Where do you live?
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    I think it's important to differentiate between...

    I think it's important to differentiate between "afraid of" and "not interested in".

    I'm in the midst of rehabbing a dog that was supposedly FF'd, but when she got here, if shown a bumper she...
  10. Big congrats to Alex and Legend....well done!!!!

    Big congrats to Alex and Legend....well done!!!!
  11. I'm sorry....gone far too soon. :(

    I'm sorry....gone far too soon. :(
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    There is no rule that says you can't have the dog...

    There is no rule that says you can't have the dog sitting between your legs in started.

    However...if you do it while I'm judging, you can bet I will be out of my chair and looking over your...
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    Let me answer that with a question. Who is...

    Let me answer that with a question. Who is supposed to mark the bird? The dog or the handler? ;)

    And natural abilities doesn't mean "no training at all". If a dog has never seen a mark thrown...
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    Gooser, there is a notable difference between...

    Gooser, there is a notable difference between holding a dog to steady them at the line vs. trying to hold a dogs collar to force the head to turn to see the fall. If I see a handler trying to...
  15. It's not about the plastic bottom...it's about...

    It's not about the plastic bottom...it's about the whole crate just being more to his liking. ;) Sorry....guess I needed a better analogy.
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    In HRC, if you choose to handle you must handle...

    In HRC, if you choose to handle you must handle directly to the bird, not just generally encourage the dog to get to the general area of the fall. If I'm judging started in HRC and a dog needs a...
  17. Gt a plastic crate. Look at it this way: If...

    Gt a plastic crate. Look at it this way: If you're given a choice of two beds to sleep on, and one is a queen size with a comfy mattress and you like it, but the other is a king size and has a less...
  18. Butch retired a few years ago. He was never...

    Butch retired a few years ago. He was never much into hunt tests, and if I recall correctly, I'm thinking Linda Harger put the MH on his dog?As he was slowing down, he referred quite a few of his...
  19. Love the story! Ray is a good guy for sure, and...

    Love the story! Ray is a good guy for sure, and I've enjoyed our conversations.
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    LOL, Julie...I read Edgar Sawtelle, and hated it....

    LOL, Julie...I read Edgar Sawtelle, and hated it. Page after page of overdone, heavy handed prose, and then the ending was not just terrible, after slogging through writing all those pages, it was...
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    I'll second Jenny Willow, by Mike Gaddis. One of...

    I'll second Jenny Willow, by Mike Gaddis. One of the very best books I've ever read.
  22. Look for health clearances....and also ask for...

    Look for health clearances....and also ask for proof of all the big winners that have supposedly come from those lines. I've never seen one in a pedigree. They may be good dogs....but without...
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    Marc, let the pup out to eliminate first thing in...

    Marc, let the pup out to eliminate first thing in the morning before doing anything else....he just needed to "go". ;)
    And yes, what you've been doing with the food can promote food guarding (not...
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    Actually, yes it can. It's called the "dormitory...

    Actually, yes it can. It's called the "dormitory effect", since the same thing can happen with women housed together. Cycles can sync up. ;)
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    No need to teach the dog to close a door. ;) ...

    No need to teach the dog to close a door. ;) There are several ways to get through a doorway with your dog at heel and not running ahead of you while still having the doorknob with easy reach, and...
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