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  1. You seem to be doing well. I would consider...

    You seem to be doing well.

    I would consider having only one bumper out at each location and enforcing here. As Evan said, the best way to fix a bad habit is to prevent it from becoming one.
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    It's your dog, so do what you want to. However,...

    It's your dog, so do what you want to. However, consider that even very well-trained dogs usually spend the month of February getting tightened back up after two months of hunting, because no matter...
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    Sounds good on its face. However, what do you do...

    Sounds good on its face. However, what do you do about the dog that is marginal in the first series but you want to let them play and see how it plays out? If I am going to keep judging that dog I...
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    My best friend in the world (even though he...

    My best friend in the world (even though he actually got me started down this road by staying after me to duck hunt for 20 years) said some of the same stuff to me about my training. Until we went...
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    I am certainly not Wayne, but I would be...

    I am certainly not Wayne, but I would be concerned that you are not using any sort of program. It's not that any of us aren't smart enough to do it. It's that a program is set up with a pedagogy in...
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    For some reason I felt the need to watch this...

    For some reason I felt the need to watch this segment of the TRT program last night and I was reminded how much he talked to the dog to reassure him the first few whistle sits in the water. It is a...
  7. Finally worked after about 1000 other things were...

    Finally worked after about 1000 other things were attempted for this particularly stubborn and willful dog who had the misfortune to end up with a rookie who didn't know any better.
  8. And make sure the heeling stick wielding handler...

    And make sure the heeling stick wielding handler doesn't hit you when you are part of a "group intervention." Right Mark?
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    You won't find much better technical water than...

    You won't find much better technical water than at the Cattle Ranch. Mr. Dave's place is not far behind either.

    Of course I am only about an hour away from both. You would think I would have a...
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    John, unless Yeldon gets hurt I think you are...

    John, unless Yeldon gets hurt I think you are going to lose that bet.

    And the most important stat is crystal footballs. Or I guess now whatever that unattractive new trophy is.
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    Sounds like TJ Yeldon and Derrick Henry.

    Sounds like TJ Yeldon and Derrick Henry.
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    I laughed out loud on this. My dog broke after...

    I laughed out loud on this. My dog broke after smoking (of course) a SR test. The judges and I were sort of having fun with it and said I did the same thing to the by dog for our honor.
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    Better learn the value of whistling like they...

    Better learn the value of whistling like they vote in Chicago - early and often. You will help yourself a great deal if you will keep that dog's momentum broken up a little. Of course, this assumes...
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    Amen, and amen. I'm getting better, but he can...

    Amen, and amen. I'm getting better, but he can still occasionally get into trouble quicker than I can draw a breath.
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    That's funny. Mine can't stop his tail when he...

    That's funny. Mine can't stop his tail when he sits to the whistle and is waiting for a cast. Of course, I have also figured out that sometimes he is using that tail to tell me where he is going on...
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    When you see a stylish dog work, everything about...

    When you see a stylish dog work, everything about the dog says there is not a thing in the world he or she would rather be doing.
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    A very subtle point to be aware of as you...

    A very subtle point to be aware of as you progress with 3-handed casting is that you don't need to to too good a job teaching this at this stage. The Lardy progression, as Wayne mentioned, is to do...
  18. You could make a couple fairly minor changes to...

    You could make a couple fairly minor changes to this chief's statement and incite a riot. Why we can't get just a bit more consideration for an animal that statistically speaking is much less likely...
  19. Just a greenhorn here, but I am not sure I will...

    Just a greenhorn here, but I am not sure I will ever CC to here, even informally, before sit. I did that with the dog I have, and I am afraid I went a long way toward teaching him that the default...
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    Now all you have to do is repeat.

    Now all you have to do is repeat.
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    Even with a hunting dog, you want the dog to go...

    Even with a hunting dog, you want the dog to go right when you raise your right and and left when you raise your left. You don't want "left" to even cross the dog's mind when you give a right hand...
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    Just a guess from a rank amateur, but wouldn't...

    Just a guess from a rank amateur, but wouldn't you have to assume if you are going to use that method that "sit" means not only "put your butt on the ground" but also "and look out there straight...
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    I agree, and it would depend on the number of...

    I agree, and it would depend on the number of dogs. But page 156 of the Retriever Field Trial Judging - A Manual makes those two points. It also points out that it could lead to inconsistent...
  24. I ran Jr and Sr with my the dog i have now, which...

    I ran Jr and Sr with my the dog i have now, which is my first. One of my funniest memories is being terrified that he was going to jump the holding blind and end up in Mr. Otey's lap at a Jr test at...
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    Life is too short to hate

    Life is too short to hate
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