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    I should have said that the intent is to provide...

    I should have said that the intent is to provide the full equivalent of 2 master tests, 6 series, in no more than 1 week's time.
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    The intent is to provide a full 6 series to be...

    The intent is to provide a full 6 series to be completed in one week - ie. Sunday to Sunday.
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    Gravity. It's called gravity.

    Gravity. It's called gravity.
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    As a judge, I'm looking for effort, especially at...

    As a judge, I'm looking for effort, especially at that level. I hate to see people give up on their dog. If you allow the dog to cheat the end of the blind you're effectively telling the judges your...
  5. The regulations can be found here and easily...

    The regulations can be found here and easily downloaded. http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RHTRET.pdf
    AKC has also gotten better at updating the regs as new rules are implemented
  6. Master Amateur Invitational

    The Invitational starts on April 23, 2017. Not the 16th. Future dates will be dependent on the location. Info at masteramateur.com.
  7. Thread: Fairbanks

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    Fairbanks

    Marty Kress wins the Open with Avery. Those Alabama folks are having a good run in the north country. Congrats to Marty and Dave. Good folks, nice dogs.
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    If you know that line manners are your "bugaboo"...

    If you know that line manners are your "bugaboo" you know what you have to train on. Train your dog to the best of your ability, understand the rules and their intent, run the dog to the best of your...
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    No, it's fortunately (IMO) not common. But it has...

    No, it's fortunately (IMO) not common. But it has happened.
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    Correct that MARC does not now require membership...

    Correct that MARC does not now require membership for passes to count to the 2017 Invitational. Full qualifying and membership information can be found at masteramateur.com
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    1. Who can enter a HT is defined by AKC rules,...

    1. Who can enter a HT is defined by AKC rules, not MARC. A club's membership or not in MARC would have no impact on who would be eligible to enter the event.

    2. Agree
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    There are no AKC HT regs that require the listed...

    There are no AKC HT regs that require the listed handler or handlers to actually run the dog. There is nothing to prevent switching handlers. As noted, if the owner wants the pass to count towards...
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    Only if the catalog info is incomplete or there...

    Only if the catalog info is incomplete or there are multiple handlers.
    As for putting dogs"on the clock" that's up to the judges not the marshal. Otherwise, good stuff.
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    We use a ramp. Light and easy to manage. Even the...

    We use a ramp. Light and easy to manage. Even the 11 yr old can scramble up and down with no difficulty.
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    From the AKC HT regs, p 40: "(7) When...

    From the AKC HT regs, p 40:
    "(7) When encountering wild birds, rabbits, or other
    game, the working dog should ignore such distractions
    or be sufficiently under control to be handled to the fall....
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    RIP Cole Fertic

    Cole passed on June 2, 2016 after a number of days in hospice. Cole was an active member in Central Florida Retriever Club and ran both HRC and AKC hunt tests at all levels. Despite his physical...
  17. What does the event premium say? Scratches for...

    What does the event premium say? Scratches for health/season issues are covered in the rules and allow the club to require a vet certificate. Anything else is left to the discretion of the club as...
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    A well-known and experienced dog man in NC starts...

    A well-known and experienced dog man in NC starts with pups as early as 8 weeks. Tosses kibble into food bowls, L & R. Just to get them to look at him and follow the arm motion.
  19. Thread: Qual Awards

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    There are those that would disagree with you. But...

    There are those that would disagree with you. But I'm not one.
  20. A Hunt Test benefit has also been added. To...

    A Hunt Test benefit has also been added.
    To find the event on EE search Warner. Both the FT and HT events will display.
  21. Thread: Qual Awards

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    The rule does not require a first and second...

    The rule does not require a first and second placement. Only that no placement be skipped over to a lower award. You can't award a 1st and a 3rd. Or a 1, 2, jam. Can there be only a 1st? Yes. It's...
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    1 for AKC. 1 for Retriever News. 1 for MNRC if...

    1 for AKC. 1 for Retriever News. 1 for MNRC if the club is a member. 1 for the club's records. 1 in case one of the others gets lost. = 5. At least that's what we do.
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    The rule states that the moveup can be...

    The rule states that the moveup can be accomplished after entries are closed. No mention of limits so the rule has been interpreted as allowing a "bump" regardless of the number of dogs in the flight...
  24. Thread: Door manners

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    Sit and wait at the door. Stairs. Roads. Truck...

    Sit and wait at the door. Stairs. Roads. Truck ramp - in and out. Food bowl. Meeting people, friends or strangers. Wing and shot. Always. No exceptions.
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    It's in the book.

    It's in the book.
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