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    In the OP scenario, there could be no switch. ...

    In the OP scenario, there could be no switch.

    Page 34 of the Rule Book reads as follows:



    When the Rule Book refers to "Area of the Fall" it refers to marking tests. See pages 49-50 of the...
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    They are official. Congratulations to placing...

    They are official. Congratulations to placing dogs.

    Wonderful grounds! Paul Sletten, Ryan Brasseaux, Charlie Moody all helped put on the Open. Walt and I had a good time. Although It was...
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    I think you are defending a point beyond...

    I think you are defending a point beyond absurdity.

    Your primary premise appears to be that challenging the blind is more important than picking up the poison bird.

    However, there are - in my...
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    that's a reason to drop other dogs, not a reason...

    that's a reason to drop other dogs, not a reason to carry subject dog
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    the first direction you give a dog in a poison...

    the first direction you give a dog in a poison bird blind is "no" - don't get bird that you marked. The second direction you give is "back" - get the bird I want instead. Dog does not follow first...
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    Jason - to be clear: there is no "confusion" on a...

    Jason - to be clear: there is no "confusion" on a blind. Period.

    The amount of hesitation is also irrelevant.

    The dog must go when sent on a blind. Period.

    Failure to go when sent...
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    I would look at pages 58-60 of the Rule Book and...

    I would look at pages 58-60 of the Rule Book and consider the various classifications of handler and of dog faults
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    When in doubt, go to the Rule Book

    When in doubt, go to the Rule Book
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    First, I believe that the very best dogs are...

    First, I believe that the very best dogs are great problem solvers and great team players. They are smart and work their way out of trouble. "High Powered Firebreathers" are often too busy trying...
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    The people who ask such questions are rarely...

    The people who ask such questions are rarely prepared to deal with the progeny of such dogs. I hope you are the exception.
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    Have you forgotten that you agreed to abide by...

    Have you forgotten that you agreed to abide by the Rule Book?



    I do make book. Just as I would for good or poor style, poor line manners, excellent marks, anything that is significant about...
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    I repeat, I see no threatening gestures, I see no...

    I repeat, I see no threatening gestures, I see no intimidation. You are seeing - or wanting to see - different things than I am.

    I see an uncooperative dog - which in my experience - is unlikely...
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    Penalties are assessed because the Rule Book...

    Penalties are assessed because the Rule Book requires that they be



    If you want realism, there is hunting and there are hunt tests of various sorts. FT offer extreme competition



    See...
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    I suggest you look at the Rule Book First, the...

    I suggest you look at the Rule Book

    First, the term "intimidation" is absent from the Rule Book. The Rule Book does refer to "threatening gestures."



    Second, as for noise, the Rule Book...
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    That may generally be the case, but I and other...

    That may generally be the case, but I and other readers did not find that to be the case with your post. You did not seek - and subsequently have not sought - information. Rather, you have sought to...
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    I believe that students find teachers, and that...

    I believe that students find teachers, and that teachers find students. There is new blood and there is new blood that continues on to be old blood. The latter tend to be highly self motivated and...
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    I like using a mat when I judge. Typically, the...

    I like using a mat when I judge. Typically, the mat is a dog mat taken from a chassis mount dog hole and pressed into service.

    I think that the mat:
    - Simplifies what the general expectations...
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    I disagree. I think if the bug gets you, the bug...

    I disagree. I think if the bug gets you, the bug gets you. No one can talk you in. No one can talk you out.
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    Nothing that I have read here puts down Hunting...

    Nothing that I have read here puts down Hunting Tests.
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    Field trials are not intended to find the best...

    Field trials are not intended to find the best mini van. They are intended to find the best Ferrari.
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    Older, yes. Much older? Not so sure. To be...

    Older, yes. Much older? Not so sure. To be competitive in the sport, you require time and/or money. You can make up for one with an abundance of the other. But, success typically requires a...
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    Our trials are small enough that we use two sets...

    Our trials are small enough that we use two sets of judges: one for the Open/Derby, another for the Amateur/Qualifying. But, finding four judges is tough. If we had to have three sets of judges,...
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    And that question constitutes constructive...

    And that question constitutes constructive criticism?
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    What was so constructive about this post?

    What was so constructive about this post?
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    Jamee Kudos to you for taking the time to...

    Jamee

    Kudos to you for taking the time to judge. I wish more people were willing to sacrifice their time like you did.

    A recent article in the Retriever News pointed out that there is a...
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