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    Thanks, Barb & Renee. I've put in a call to the...

    Thanks, Barb & Renee. I've put in a call to the vet thanks to your observations.

    Julie
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    Grass tearing up dog's face

    Six year old golden just getting back to water work after long winter. His face and lips are bleeding by the end of a session. (And no, these training sessions aren't that long.) Dry grass has never...
  3. Thread: First Golden

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    If you train or hunt in areas that have burdock...

    If you train or hunt in areas that have burdock (or other similar plants with seeds that get horribly caught up in longer fur), keep some grooming supplies in your truck. You can find some decent...
  4. Julie Luther - count me in 64. FC TOPBRASS NO...

    Julie Luther - count me in
    64. FC TOPBRASS NO TIME TO PAWS, GM, Kaye Fuller, Paige, TX -- go Flash!
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    Consider signing up for a Carol Cassity workshop....

    Consider signing up for a Carol Cassity workshop. She's great with advancing trainers, breaks down concepts with lots of clarity. Looks like there might be a workshop in Louisville in mid-June....
  6. Thread: Sit on Whistle

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    Your dog is likely confused. Doesn't know if you...

    Your dog is likely confused. Doesn't know if you want him to return to you, doesn't know what the whistle means, and possibly isn't used to the command of sitting at a distance. Correcting with a...
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    Information beats equipment any ol' day.

    Information beats equipment any ol' day.
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    E-collars at a test are likely non-negotiable. ...

    E-collars at a test are likely non-negotiable.

    Regarding blinds: You don't run 'em at SHR/JR tests unless you run into some sort of trouble. (You already knew this, right?) Gunners can be pretty...
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    A friend just came back from the French Brittany...

    A friend just came back from the French Brittany National in Georgia, where she ran her dogs in the field trials. While she was apprentice judging, one dog pointed (or stood there awestruck) at a...
  10. Thread: Nose Flicking?

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    Difficult to really get the timing right on this...

    Difficult to really get the timing right on this (so he won't understand the correction), and could make him hand-shy, and a host of other potential problems. Easiest most neutral response is to...
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    You're also not far from the Fox Valley Retriever...

    You're also not far from the Fox Valley Retriever Club (http://www.foxvalleyretrieverclub.com ) as well as a couple of HRC clubs (directory: http://www.huntingretrieverclub.org/localclubsites.shtml...
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    Yeah, we went out during the little blizzard last...

    Yeah, we went out during the little blizzard last Sunday. I'm bummed 'cause the ground is too frozen to use my blind poles. Gonna have to buy some orange traffic cones or something.
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    In case you haven't come across it, here's one...

    In case you haven't come across it, here's one breeder/trainer's info page on tick-borne disease:

    http://www.vintagegoldens.com/tick.html
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    When I first met you and Blitz, he was a 9 month...

    When I first met you and Blitz, he was a 9 month old boy and you were doing walking baseball with him. His ability (and your teaching skills) shone even then. Congratulations to you both.

    -Julie
  15. I bought my first shotgun, a 1974 870 Wingmaster...

    I bought my first shotgun, a 1974 870 Wingmaster 20 ga., just a few years ago. Put my first MH on a dog, decided to try out HRC stuff and wanted to get really comfortable handling a shotgun. When I...
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    Go back to singles. Don't push doubles at all....

    Go back to singles. Don't push doubles at all. Marking will improve, hence memory will improve. Confidence will improve. Singles.
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    Dirt clod drill is perhaps better for a dog that...

    Dirt clod drill is perhaps better for a dog that switches (quits hunting the area of the fall early to go to a different mark). It's essentially a correction, but not for fading with the wind or...
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    Big white bumpers with flags attached, landing in...

    Big white bumpers with flags attached, landing in very short cover. Get her using her eyes again--which will also help her learn to fight crosswinds.
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    Poll: I believe in HRC you do not hand the bird to the...

    I believe in HRC you do not hand the bird to the judges. You put it in a bucket or on a rack, just like you would in a hunting scenario.
  20. It's a rare dog that doesn't get jacked up at a...

    It's a rare dog that doesn't get jacked up at a test. Expect to lose fifty percent of any control you had. And that's before your dog has figured out that you can't do the usual about it. It's why...
  21. My younger dog likes to be in the driver's seat...

    My younger dog likes to be in the driver's seat on blinds. I set up a lot of blinds that have tons of suction. You can teach the blinds without the suction, then come back and do them with suction....
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    Mike's father passed away a couple-few years ago....

    Mike's father passed away a couple-few years ago.

    Very much appreciating this thread, all. Thank you.

    -Julie
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    Dr. Tim, I e-mailed your company when I first...

    Dr. Tim, I e-mailed your company when I first came across your food--and was happy with the product answers I received. At the time, I also requested that you take the golden retriever off of the...
  24. Thread: Bitter Apple?

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    Don't put bitter apple directly on the cut. If...

    Don't put bitter apple directly on the cut. If the cut is no longer bleeding, you can wrap the paw in vet wrap and then put the bitter apple on that. (If the cut is still bleeding, you can put gauze...
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    I've recently started looking into Dr. Tim's dog...

    I've recently started looking into Dr. Tim's dog food--developed by a sled dog racing veterinarian in Marquette, Michigan, and manufactured in Ohio (at a plant where there have been no food recalls)....
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