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    IMT, if you mean immune-mediated...

    IMT, if you mean immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, is an immune disorder and I doubt it has anything to do with the pond. More likely triggered by infection following a tick bite.
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    In TRT, Lardy says something like: "if your dog...

    In TRT, Lardy says something like: "if your dog is slow and methodical, the handler should be quick and snappy; if the dog is very quick and responsive, the handler should be slow and methodical." ...
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    It's a violation of both, but my inclination...

    It's a violation of both, but my inclination would be to fix "hold" first. To your second question, I would hit the sit whistle the instant he spit the bird/bumper, then walk up to him and put it in...
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    Break it down. The dog had a bird in his mouth...

    Break it down. The dog had a bird in his mouth and spit it out. That is a violation of "Hold". Start there.

    I suggest you sit him, put a bumper in his mouth, and then walk 20 yards away. ...
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    My current pair of Muck field blazer boots lasted...

    My current pair of Muck field blazer boots lasted nearly 6 years, and I was planning on buying a new pair before hunting season. And I still am. Why? Because they're the best boot on the market. ...
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    I would have said "by", as in by-product (an...

    I would have said "by", as in by-product (an extra) or by-pass (to skip). But "bye" as in a tournament bye makes sense too.
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    So when he creeps or comes out of the blind and...

    So when he creeps or comes out of the blind and you drop a goose, who retrieves the goose - you or him?
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I have done...

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I have done similar marks (in-line double with a blind) on land several times with no problems. I think the added factor of the shoreline made this set-up more...
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    One is 3 years old, the other is 6 years old. ...

    One is 3 years old, the other is 6 years old. Both are HRCH in UKC, but neither has ever run in AKC.
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    dogguy438, I'm in Bloomington.

    dogguy438, I'm in Bloomington.
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    Memory bird was only 3-4 feet from shore. Go...

    Memory bird was only 3-4 feet from shore. Go bird was probably 25 feet from the shore.

    Unfortunately, my current dogs only heel on the left. Future dogs will be taught to heel on both sides.
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    Feedback on this water set-up

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    I set this up the other day. My goal was to work on a challenging shoreline blind through old falls. Turns out, it was the marks that were the challenge. The dogs appeared to mark both...
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    Why is that people equate how fast a dog...

    Why is that people equate how fast a dog runs/swims with "desire" and "drive"? Is it not possible for a dog with moderate speed to have high drive and desire? Personally I prefer a dog that thinks...
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    HRC hunt tests require a diversion bird at all...

    HRC hunt tests require a diversion bird at all levels except Started. The purpose is to simulate a bird that is shot while the dog is returning with another bird. In Finished, if the dog switches...
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    Just saw that the OP said "other than birds", so...

    Just saw that the OP said "other than birds", so next would be a knowledgable and patient mentor. I had a good mentor long before I had wingers, and if I had to do it over I would still want the...
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    A reliable supply of live or freshly killed...

    A reliable supply of live or freshly killed birds. Wingers are great, but I'd rather have hand-thrown birds than bumpers thrown from a winger.
  17. I'm a chessie guy, so probably biased, but......

    I'm a chessie guy, so probably biased, but... they are the most loyal dogs you will ever see. It's often said they are a one-owner dog, meaning they bond tightly to one person and ignore everyone...
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    My experience has been the opposite of yours. ...

    My experience has been the opposite of yours. I'm a newbie on this board and I've gotten nothing but helpful suggestions to my questions. Here is what I've learned after watching this board for a...
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    You can boil fresh eggs, but it will be hard to...

    You can boil fresh eggs, but it will be hard to peel the shell off. Let them sit for a few days before boiling, and you can peel the shell of much easier. If you are going to fry or scramble, it...
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    Thanks for the responses - all good ideas. Both...

    Thanks for the responses - all good ideas. Both of my dogs are rock steady in hunt tests. The younger one maintains that in the hunting blind, the older one loses his frickin mind as soon as...
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    Maintaining standards while hunting

    What would you do in this scenario? Hunting with your dog from a blind about 10 yards from the water's edge. You kill a duck that falls in deep water, 30 yards from shore. Your dog breaks as...
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    Only significant problem I have had with my two...

    Only significant problem I have had with my two SOGs is that the hinges bend easily. I think I've had to straighten every hinge at least once. Finally bought a spare set of hinges to keep on hand,...
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    I grew up hunting Pool 13 (lived in Clinton, IA)....

    I grew up hunting Pool 13 (lived in Clinton, IA). I have made many trips through those islands in complete darkness at 1am on opening day, just as you described.
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    Like you, I train alone with just 2 wingers. I...

    Like you, I train alone with just 2 wingers. I sometimes scent the area of the fall for the memory bird. Helps keep the dog in the area, and thus increases the chance of finding the bird. If she...
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    If the judges place the gallery far enough from...

    If the judges place the gallery far enough from the line, conversations in the gallery shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, I've run of lot of HRC tests where the gallery was way too close to the...
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