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    Update - Saturday morning we set up and had Cobb...

    Update - Saturday morning we set up and had Cobb on the huntdeck and at first light he seemed to be watching more and a group of ringers piled in the decoys with us knocking down 2. He immediately...
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    100% and thats why I am going to work with Marcus...

    100% and thats why I am going to work with Marcus using wingers, etc.

    There are a couple of seasoned dogs we hunt with but unfortunately they are not going on this trip.
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    Help with Water Marking

    My pup has a problem (due to training solo) with marking. He thinks when I shot that I throw the bird. As soon as I or we shoot in the boat he looks into the boat instead of at the decoys to mark a...
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    Thanks! I actually have 3 videos as well! I will...

    Thanks! I actually have 3 videos as well! I will see about posting them shortly. But, I added a few pictures.
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    Cobb's First Hunt and Retrieve

    I just wanted to share a few pictures from this weekend's alabama opener and Cobb's 1st few retrieves. As some of your know (as I annoyed plenty of people) we used Smart Works and made it to mini-T...
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    HAHA, nice... but there is two way on that aspect...

    HAHA, nice... but there is two way on that aspect 1) right 1) wrong
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    I will see if the wife can video this afternoon...

    I will see if the wife can video this afternoon or weekend and post it up.
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    I correct him every time that he does bark.

    I correct him every time that he does bark.
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    Thanks for the responses! The more we work the...

    Thanks for the responses! The more we work the more I think its shear excitement. We / he is getting better about barking during the session but is still being slightly vocal during the hold as I say...
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    150 views and no responses. I know someone has...

    150 views and no responses. I know someone has had to run across this. Hairy Dawg was thinking that its pure excitement.
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    I am a first time trainer and have been very...

    I am a first time trainer and have been very pleased with the DVDs as well as Evans willingness to respond to questions on this website. He makes himself open to all kind of questions especially from...
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    I forgot to add that the last few casts were...

    I forgot to add that the last few casts were great (with no barking) but then we ended on a fun bumper and he barked as he was picking it up.
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    Barking during 3-handed casting

    We just started (1st session) of 3 handed casting today (using Smartworks) and he started barking right when I gave him the back command. We were on a rope and I was tossing the bumper behind him and...
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    Also, just for record that was the first session...

    Also, just for record that was the first session that I didn't use pressure and all the results were the same.
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    \ HAHA, yes I know exactly what you mean. But,...

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    HAHA, yes I know exactly what you mean. But, honestly there is no different in that video if I were to use pressure or not. He hasn't bugged on me one time. Its actually pretty awesome.
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    Final FTP Video

    Ok, so I tried to video our last (hopefully depending on the feedback) our last FTP session before moving on. We stretched the pile out to about 100 yards and with no pressure here is the video....
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    Got it, thanks again Evan! I want to video one of...

    Got it, thanks again Evan! I want to video one of his sessions just so that you can see his performance. Of all of our sessions there was one that he had one confusion (stopped halfway), then I...
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    Yes sir, you are correct. The area I started in I...

    Yes sir, you are correct. The area I started in I could only extend to around 30 yards. So, yesterday I found a great field thats right beside my job site and its close to 300 yards wide by 500 long....
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    Awesome, thats good info. I went without the rope...

    Awesome, thats good info. I went without the rope yesterday for the first time so we will progress onward (father) out to 100 yards.

    Does the pile HAVE to be in the same place every time?
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    So, at some point during FTP to take them off the...

    So, at some point during FTP to take them off the rope? Or do you have a 100 yard rope?
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    Evan, thanks again. I do believe we are really...

    Evan, thanks again. I do believe we are really close to becoming polished on the FTP. I plan on verifying that with a few more sessions at longer distances. But, today we stretched the pile out to...
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    Pattern Blinds

    We are about to finish up with FTP and the next sequence in Smart Works is Pattern Blinds (bonus Material). So, I have a few questions (shocking, I know) on this:

    1) is this the next step before...
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    I 2nd the Orvis bed. They are expensive but well...

    I 2nd the Orvis bed. They are expensive but well worth it in the long run. We (my wife) washes his often and it looks new still.
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    Evan, thanks again for the information. This...

    Evan, thanks again for the information. This morning was our 8 session and by far the best. We extended out to almost 30 yards and he did great. I have started to incorporate "back" into the en route...
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    So, as he gets better you decrease the amount of...

    So, as he gets better you decrease the amount of sends? I would have thought the opposite.

    I am not planning on moving to any T work at this time. I want to make sure he is solid with the FTP...
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