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    There is NOTHING you described as intmidation...

    There is NOTHING you described as intmidation that is intimidating. Tapping a leg to say "Here," before the guns go off so the dog will better see a bird is intimidation? I call that being a good...
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    I just switched to The Answer. I still have two...

    I just switched to The Answer. I still have two original design Mega whistles. I also have a blue Dallesasse. I hate the Dallesasse and always have. It's very loud, no doubt, but for whatever...
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    I sent a PM to you about these a week or so ago. ...

    I sent a PM to you about these a week or so ago. Did you get it?
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    Do you still have these? Is the remote still in...

    Do you still have these? Is the remote still in good shape?
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    My one recommendation is to use the oldest,...

    My one recommendation is to use the oldest, water-logged ducks you can find and use them for training. I don't force-fetch but many a force-fetched dog has failed a test due to dropping the nasty...
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    Let me clarify. I totally understand about not...

    Let me clarify. I totally understand about not using them at the line. That's just common sense. The judges, gallery, and pro's running multiple dogs would be acting like they'd just been to the...
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    Use of Primer Poppers in Hunting Tests

    I understand there are issues as to why they are used such as cost and proximity to the line. However, as someone who has been around dogs a lot when either live rounds or regular poppers have been...
  8. I'm so sorry. I was talking with Ken at the...

    I'm so sorry. I was talking with Ken at the Middle Tennessee trial and he said she'd just had surgery a couple of days before. She was an amazing dog.
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    Personally, I'm not a fan of making dogs fearful...

    Personally, I'm not a fan of making dogs fearful of the land and always taking a watery route. That can hurt marking and blinds as much as cheating. I want my dog to understand straight lines are...
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    Because there are other ways that don't involve...

    Because there are other ways that don't involve the physical pain or stress of force fetch to do the same thing but my dog only picked up 48 pheasants last Saturday, many of them still alive, so what...
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    I cannot imagine losing two dogs at the same...

    I cannot imagine losing two dogs at the same time. You have my sincerest condolences.
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    To some extent, it depends on whether you are...

    To some extent, it depends on whether you are talking about a mark series or a blind series. On a blind, I'd definitely rather run early but after seeing a couple of dogs run to see if there's...
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    I could not disagree more!!! Visual aids like...

    I could not disagree more!!! Visual aids like posts or buckets are not a crutch. They are valuable teaching tools that help dogs lock in and work with handlers at the line, assist in teaching dogs...
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    I personally believe there are many retriever...

    I personally believe there are many retriever trainers who get caught up fostering and encouraging drive in pups that already have it instead of working on obedience with a sound, incremental program...
  15. If you were shooting steel, IC chokes will...

    If you were shooting steel, IC chokes will typical give a tighter, more consistent pattern than Mod. I've patterned mine with factory chokes and with steel, the difference was considerable in the...
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    There are definitely things that can be done to...

    There are definitely things that can be done to improve a dog's focus and control. For starters, you need a good obedience regimen. I have one I use that is not related to field training since I...
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    Poll: Take the garment outside and lie it on a flat,...

    Take the garment outside and lie it on a flat, hard surface. Use a credit card, plastic putty knife, label/pan scraper (the best to use, a square piece of plastic with very thin edges available at...
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    Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for the spring...

    Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for the spring trial.
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    Mobile Amateur Retriever Club

    Is this club still around? They used to put on a trial or two per year at the Cattle Ranch but haven't done so in a couple of years that I'm aware of.
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    Several years ago, I thought about giving Blue Buffalo a try. Given the issues with Diamond-made products, I asked if they made their own food. I was told they contracted that out. I then asked...
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    One problem with running a test dog is that...

    One problem with running a test dog is that issues with test mechanics often haven't been worked out. New bird boys throw at the same time or out of sequence, flyer stations let birds loose, blinds...
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    I ran into a split toenail issue recently. I...

    I ran into a split toenail issue recently. I cleaned it thoroughly and used Super Glue but it made things much worse and more costly. A massive infection had already set in and the glue ran and...
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    In Demopolis, there's $$$ and there's flea bag. ...

    In Demopolis, there's $$$ and there's flea bag. Take your pick. If I described the room I paid $55 for, you wouldn't believe me. It made me long for luxurious confines of a Motel 6.
  24. It looks like he gave you many years of devotion...

    It looks like he gave you many years of devotion and wonderful memories. We should all be so lucky.
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    To echo Bon's comments, it's easy to play...

    To echo Bon's comments, it's easy to play armchair quarterback. I've thrown, shot, and thrown and shot. None of it is easy. One trick I learned by chance with ducks is to stick their heads in a...
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