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Thread: Dog will no retreive in cold water?

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    Senior Member John Robinson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swampbilly View Post
    I worried myself to death about losing the standard thru hunting, but came to realize as you've pointed out John, that if maintained otherwise it won't upset the apple cart.

    (But still have reservations about hunting situations and the effects of,.. real close to a HT)
    Yeah, I have the luxury, if you can call it that, of having a three month break for solid training from the end of hunting season to our first field trial. It would definitely be a bit more dicey to go straight from hunting to a hunt test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swampbilly View Post
    Jim- sounds like you've got yourself a couple nice pups!
    I'd agree ole Thor was more than likely water forced, and no need to bet on the latter! Easy to establish how Thor "feels" about retrieving, and would believe that an important part of that eagerness was established long before the first ear pinch.
    Thor had a late start in training. He didnt finish his half ass FF until he was 15 months old and it cost me $2000. But he still passed his first master test at 2 years old.








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    His first goose hunt. 6 months old in Jan on the Chesapeake. The only reason this river didnt have ice is because of the current. Everything else was frozen.


    Ocean City Md Atlantic Ocean in December.

    My other peake Rosie fighting a goose.





    My lab was also good in the ice. I think some dogs like it and some refuse. I dont want a dog I have to make retrieve in cold water.

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