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    Remember, dogs get good at running cold blinds by...

    Remember, dogs get good at running cold blinds by running a lot of cold blinds. Pattern blinds teach them the mechanics (look out, run long, handle) but not the mental aspects of running to an...
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    One thing you can do is bring the dog to the...

    One thing you can do is bring the dog to the line, settle him down, looking straight ahead. Don't really say anything to him. Once he's settled, you both take several steps toward the blind as you...
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    What does "hard to focus" mean? If he is looking...

    What does "hard to focus" mean? If he is looking all over and not in a precise location that is OK --- just let him pick a horizon and kick him off. Let him run a ways and handle. Initial blinds...
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    Fisher : A Big Life : 4/14/2003 - 6/10/2015

    Dear RTF members,
    A week and a half ago I lost my best friend of 12 years, my amazing Fisher.

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    So sorry. :(
    Glad you have such wonderful picture to remember him by. Obviously a much loved, fantastic dog :)
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    Man, what a great field!! Cool pics :)

    Man, what a great field!! Cool pics :)
  7. It's A Hemi ("Hemi") I would go with an "H" call...

    It's A Hemi ("Hemi")
    I would go with an "H" call name since both her parents are H names.

    Hell On Wheels ("Helen" or "Hellon")

    My parents' dog is Harvin as in Percy Harvin (we are big Gator...
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    Right before he gets to you take a step toward...

    Right before he gets to you take a step toward him. Will shift his momentum. It's a little power play on the dog's part. It's no accident.
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    Geeze we Americans look like a bunch of country...

    Geeze we Americans look like a bunch of country bumpkins compared to you guys!! Haha Probably because we are!
  10. Poodles are not allowed to compete in AKC field...

    Poodles are not allowed to compete in AKC field trials. Hunt tests, yes.
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    Because tests in my area don't start up again...

    Because tests in my area don't start up again until November, and I would like to finish his Senior before our Golden National in October. If I double stake there is the opportunity to title in...
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    Yes I mean double stake in both Junior & Senior...

    Yes I mean double stake in both Junior & Senior for four tests.

    John -- I don't think so. Ron Rubrecht got 3 Junior, 4 Senior and 5 Master passes on his golden Molly --- then went and ran a Junior...
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    Entering Junior & Senior

    Hi -- quick rules questions --
    If I have a dog with NO hunt test passes at all, and I enter him in 4 tests both Junior and Senior stakes -- if he passes all the tests (junior & senior) on all four...
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    Have you gone through FTP? If not, then it's high...

    Have you gone through FTP? If not, then it's high time to do so.

    Also back vs. angle back can be a hard concept to grasp for young dogs, and if he's been yelled at or whistled stop too many times...
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    To answer your other question, I like to keep FF...

    To answer your other question, I like to keep FF as a separate training session, away from marks or any other field work. During this time I like to use birds for marks because naturally the dog will...
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    You mean field obedience or competition...

    You mean field obedience or competition obedience?
    For field obedience, the good old Tri Tronics Jim Dobbs book has EXCELLENT drills for all obedience particularly heeling.
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    As do I but blinds are long, cold (unknown/not a...

    As do I but blinds are long, cold (unknown/not a taught destination) and the dog cannot see the white stake from the line.
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    10 yards (30 feet) off the shore is not down the...

    10 yards (30 feet) off the shore is not down the shore. It's just a water blind. I have been hearing more and more of Senior "down the shore" blinds when what the handler means is "it was NEAR some...
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    Running sight blinds and pattern blinds is good...

    Running sight blinds and pattern blinds is good for mechanics of running blinds. It does very little to give a dog confidence on running cold blinds. In fact it can hinder as there is no visible or...
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    Rick Stawski "Fowl Dawgs" DVDs

    Rick Stawski "Fowl Dawgs" DVDs
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    Variety is the spice of life. Thank goodness we...

    Variety is the spice of life. Thank goodness we all have the power of independent thought, otherwise we'd all own black labs :)
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    Not sure why I'm the first person to say this but...

    Not sure why I'm the first person to say this but here goes. Sounds like you are not opposed to using an ecollar, just unfamiliar and uncomfortable with it which is completely understandable. It also...
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    Did you get the intersection anticipation...

    Did you get the intersection anticipation hammered out on TT (land)? Does she understand a correction for it on land? I would not move on nor correct it on the water unless the kinks are worked out...
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    Chessies stink. Give him a bath. Equal parts...

    Chessies stink. Give him a bath. Equal parts liquid Softsoap, white vinegar and water.
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    yeah how many weekend dogs are MN HOF members?...

    yeah how many weekend dogs are MN HOF members? Not that many. Yes the rule makes sense and should be but it won't help any current problems.
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