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    As I have said before, there are really two...

    As I have said before, there are really two problems here, either real or perceived. The first one is that the VIP program, non-standard opening times for entries, no way for test workers to make...
  2. I have never heard anybody make the distinction I...

    I have never heard anybody make the distinction I think you are making between blinds with lots of factors or maybe one really tough factor, which you are calling handler blinds, and blinds with few...
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    My father tells me that there are active duty...

    My father tells me that there are active duty Marines and non-active duty Marines. None of this ex-Marine, former Marine, or anything else.
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    Just a question - if there's no advantage to a...

    Just a question - if there's no advantage to a VIP program, why have it at all and why call it a "VIP" program?
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    Absolutely true

    Absolutely true
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    Dan, you are spot on here. This is not unlike...

    Dan, you are spot on here. This is not unlike the housing crisis or any other speculative bubble in concept. It looks to me like the HT game may be in an early 2008 position in that the seeds for...
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    I think several of us think there are two...

    I think several of us think there are two problems here, not just one. And for the record I think EE is a great concept that is in need of a minor adjustment because of changing circumstances. I...
  8. Dennis, I generally agree, but there is one...

    Dennis, I generally agree, but there is one utility for bowwowflix, and that is avoiding lemons.

    I got your new DVD set for Christmas and I am very impressed, as well as thankful that you would...
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    All good points in a vacuum. However, when you...

    All good points in a vacuum. However, when you remember that the current 40 second clock rule - which makes all this fast-paced stuff possible - was enacted less than 10 years ago for the stated...
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    Surely you understand that the offense uses less...

    Surely you understand that the offense uses less energy (I have seen it estimated at up to 30% more) simply because they know where they are going and the defense doesn't, right? Not to mention the...
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    Having been in this same position as an Alabama...

    Having been in this same position as an Alabama fan, a resounding yes IF he can do what needs to be done and get all the clutter out of his way. Alabama finally got desperate enough to go find the...
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    Saban and Smart are a win away from playing for...

    Saban and Smart are a win away from playing for their 4th NC in 6 years, so I would say they pretty well have it figured out. Or if they don't, I'm happy with it anyway.

    All the rules favor the...
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    Not Greg, but the issue is not really the...

    Not Greg, but the issue is not really the probably no more than 30 minutes you would spend actually working with your dog. It's the time you spend figuring out what to do, setting up, working,...
  14. Is anybody really surprised that the federal...

    Is anybody really surprised that the federal government has pushed money into the health care market through Medicare and Medicaid for 50 years and some folks have found a way to take it? And raise...
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    I have one who goes in pretty hard, and I hold my...

    I have one who goes in pretty hard, and I hold my breath a lot. Not to mention checking entry points pretty carefully when training.
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    I haven't seen your dog, but moving up as a...

    I haven't seen your dog, but moving up as a couple posters have said would be a good start, and you might (if you are not) use big, white bumpers for a while so the dog knows exactly where he is...
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    This resource is better than nothing, but nothing...

    This resource is better than nothing, but nothing replaces being able to see you working with your dog and see what you are actually doing. As Scott said, it usually doesn't take more than a couple...
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    This is a great discussion. It really points out...

    This is a great discussion. It really points out how badly new trainers need professional help or really experienced amateur help. The programs are great for getting you up on the vocabulary and in...
  19. I was a bit careless with my answer. The rules...

    I was a bit careless with my answer. The rules say this:

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    Procedure 8, a handler is not free to select marked falls
    in a re-run in an order...
  20. As John said, you can pick up the birds in any...

    As John said, you can pick up the birds in any order you choose on your initial run. See paragraph 9 of the standard procedure in the field trial rules. On a rerun, you have to pick them up in the...
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    Mizzou is again representing the SEC East, which...

    Mizzou is again representing the SEC East, which seems to be about on par with the ACC - anything but mighty.
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    I thought about this a lot when I was struggling...

    I thought about this a lot when I was struggling as a brand new trainer.

    I was very fortunate to be allowed to train with a very knowledgeable and experienced training group. There were several...
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    I went on what might be the hunt of a lifetime...

    I went on what might be the hunt of a lifetime this week, and the only thing that would have made it any better would have been having my dog with me and watching him work. I enjoy training and hunt...
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    I would think it would only be smart handling to...

    I would think it would only be smart handling to look at your dog and make sure he sees all the marks go down. If you don't know he is not looking where he needs to be looking you can't help him,...
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    I asked you how you would justify Mizzou being...

    I asked you how you would justify Mizzou being one of the 4 (or 8) playoff teams this year apart from a theoretical win in the SEC Championship game. If you have a hard time with it, and I would...
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