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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...
  3. 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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    I've been reading the judging manual in early...

    I've been reading the judging manual in early preparation for my first assignment in October. The reason given there is that if you run, say, the land marks and land blind together, you have to...
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    I would ask two questions. First, what are you...

    I would ask two questions.

    First, what are you wearing? I was taught to wear a white, long-sleeved shirt to give the dog every chance in the world to see and take an accurate cast. Even at...
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    John, I would do that if my HVAC man had not just...

    John, I would do that if my HVAC man had not just replaced my entire system. Took all my dadgum fun money for the time being. And we are still not finished.
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    Does anybody think that the command to start CC...

    Does anybody think that the command to start CC with depends somewhat on the dog? I started mine on "here" on a theory that he was fearless and I wanted to make sure he would come to me. We have...
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    I second that for sure.

    I second that for sure.
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    It is a lot to think about in a test situation. ...

    It is a lot to think about in a test situation. It is nice to be able to heel on the side of the throw, and I hope it helps him know which side of the gun to go to. But you can certainly over think...
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    Some use unbalanced objects, like hammers,...

    Some use unbalanced objects, like hammers, basically to let the dog know he is responsible for any object you tell him to fetch and that he is responsible for his grip on that object.
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    I hear you. As with most anything, a new...

    I hear you. As with most anything, a new vocabulary is the first hurdle. It is a new language for sure.

    I think there is still a glossary of sorts on the RTF home page that was very helpful to...
  13. This is a good problem to have. Make sure you...

    This is a good problem to have. Make sure you get in the habit of bending your knees when your dog gets close to you to protect your ACLs. I almost learned that one the hard way with my hard...
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    480, a pop is when they stop without a whistle or...

    480, a pop is when they stop without a whistle or any other indication from you that they were supposed to stop.
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    There's one of the fine folks I have met through...

    There's one of the fine folks I have met through my dog right there!
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    Another somewhat subtle point here is that the...

    Another somewhat subtle point here is that the hand may be going where the feet are - at least to some degree.

    If you as a handler line up further back relative to the dog, it's obviously harder...
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    As Ms. Charlotte said, good on you for what all...

    As Ms. Charlotte said, good on you for what all you have done with this lucky dog.

    As for procedures, it is very easy to go to the AKC website and print out the Hunt Test Rules and Regulations. ...
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    You'll get answers all over the map on the use of...

    You'll get answers all over the map on the use of the hand. I use it on marks as a steadying tool, i.e., no reason to move if my hand is not down. I hope that this will help on honoring by...
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    If you are starting on pattern blinds, you may...

    If you are starting on pattern blinds, you may want to invest in some white stakes or at least buckets to teach the dog to look out. You should also have identified the pile and backed up to start...
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    I now consider myself properly chastised and I am moving on.
  21. Goldie, I don't know you and you don't know me,...

    Goldie, I don't know you and you don't know me, so what I am about to say is not directed at you personally. I mean that.

    You are of course correct that nobody knows what went on in that...
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    You might try a firm "sit" when the mouthing...

    You might try a firm "sit" when the mouthing starts, if the other stuff isn't working. Sometimes this will work.

    I am not one who thinks more pressure is always the answer, but I would do some...
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    I would say in my limited experience shaking on...

    I would say in my limited experience shaking on the way back has not been an issue with focus. You have caused me tho think about this issue, however. If you have a dog that may not be quite as...
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    It's not easy to know what to pick. When I...

    It's not easy to know what to pick. When I picked the one I currently have (my first), I just knew he was mine the first time I laid eyes on him. Then I was worried that he was a little sluggish...
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    This. To each his own, of course, but I think...

    This.

    To each his own, of course, but I think I would rather just wear water resistant clothes to training rather than waste a bunch of effort getting my dog to wait until after he sits to shake...
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