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    I own four Winger mates. They are well made and a...

    I own four Winger mates. They are well made and a valuable training tool. However, the servos go bad at 3 years. The website has no help and no contact information . You are on your own once the...
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    Dogtra Remote Receiver repair?

    Generally, I have been pleased with the performanceof the Dogtra Remote Receiver electronics. However, they seem to last aboutfive years then have various problems that eventually render them...
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    Thank you for your comments and observations....

    Thank you for your comments and observations. Apparently, the 2012 Master National diagrams do not reflect the difficulty of the tests.
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    2012 Master National Failures

    At the 2012 Master National, what element failed most dogs? Marks or blinds? Handler or dog error (breaking,etc)?
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    Heavenly Father, You created all things for...

    Heavenly Father,
    You created all things for your glory
    And made us stewards of this creature.
    If it is your will,
    restore Rock-its
    to health and strength.
    Blessed are you, Lord God,
    ...
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    From Bill Hillman's website:In this DVD, Bill...

    From Bill Hillman's website:In this DVD, Bill shows 28 days of real time training sessions with a puppy over a time span of 2 ! months The puppy is 11 weeks old at the start. At the end...
  7. Thread: Whistle sit help

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    Evan, I for one, appreciate your comments and...

    Evan, I for one, appreciate your comments and insight.
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    Texas has some outstanding clubs that put on...

    Texas has some outstanding clubs that put on excellent tests and trials. The only thing missing is a Sunday morning service. I would definitely attend.
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    I have four Winger Mates. They are very well...

    I have four Winger Mates.
    They are very well made, easy to use, and effective.
    I use them with Gunners Up wingers and Dogtra receivers and have been very pleased with the results.
    When training...
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    Thank you to all the members of FT/HT clubs that...

    Thank you to all the members of FT/HT clubs that work so hard to make the events possible.

    As a relative new particpant in FT/HT I cannot comment on member retention. However, my most discouraging...
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    After completing all three series in a Master...

    After completing all three series in a Master Test and not receiving a qualifying score, the judges advice to the handler was "don't make the judges think".
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    Angie, The pro suggested direct pressure after...

    Angie,
    The pro suggested direct pressure after attempts at attrition and indirect pressure were used but the cast refusal (or cast ignore) continued (assuming a trained dog but the diversion was...
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    Correct. Assume a poison bird or heavy scent...

    Correct.
    Assume a poison bird or heavy scent from previous falls; dog stalls as he passes scent, handler whistle sits dog.
    Handler casts away from diversion. Dog takes the cast but immediately...
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    The question posed was "Is using direct pressure...

    The question posed was "Is using direct pressure for a cast refusal effective?" and "How and when would it be used?"
    In an attempt to teach a dog to avoid posion birds, suction and other...
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    Cast Refusal: Dog is in the front sit position in...

    Cast Refusal: Dog is in the front sit position in the field. Handler gives a "right over" cast. Dog turns straight back and begins independent hunt (due to some diversion/distraction/suction).
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    Direct Pressure for cast refusal...

    Is using Direct Pressure for a cast refusal effective?
    How and when would it be used?

    The question assumes an advanced dog (clearly knows the cast) that has been corrected with first, attrition...
  17. Thread: Derby Marks???

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    Third series of a derby in April was a double...

    Third series of a derby in April was a double with a 388 yard memory bird (water cheater). Water started at 300 yards with a deer feeder at 200 yards directly on the line to the mark.

    the nineteen...
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    Judges question...."touching the dog at line"

    As dog is heeled to line in AKC Master test he heels very close to the trainer, touching or rubbing against handlers leg. Is this a DQ fault?

    On return to line with bird, dog rubs handlers leg...
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    Training Program (schedule of work)

    What is your training prgram for an advanced dog?

    Jack M. Gwaltney, Jr., M.D., describes in his book "Training and Campaigning Retrievers", page 67, table 9 a "Training Program for Advanced...
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    Would you administer this along with Bio Sponge...

    Would you administer this along with Bio Sponge or one at a time?
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    Thank you for taking time to share your...

    Thank you for taking time to share your experience.

    My dog has never been a "good eater". he eats jJust enough (4.5 cups) to keep him looking good.
    I am trying Pro Plan Select Salmon for the...
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    Colitis.... seeking food advice

    Searched RTF for past food threads and Arkat seemed to be a consenus favorite for dogs with similar symptoms (diarrhea, urge to go, good appetite). No need to rehash food choices again, but would...
  23. Owner Handler Qualifying training vs. Master Hunt Test training

    How does training for a Master Hunt test (distractions and control) and a Owner/Handler Qualifier(distance and "white") for the same weekend affect the dogs performance in each event?

    Several...
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    Bumper Boy vs. Winger (launcher)?

    What are the perceived advantages and disadvantages of using bumper boy's over launchers?
    Where can each tool be used most effectively in training?
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    I own the Lardy DVD's TR Training and Marking. Is...

    I own the Lardy DVD's TR Training and Marking. Is the new version much different?
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