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    I'm moving to the Spokane, Wa area Jan 10th 2013. I'll actually be living in the Mica Peak area south of greenacres. I was wondering if there is a group of guys/gals that train in the area. I'm not really looking for a club right now due to limited funds. I am getting out of the Air Force after 9 years of active duty. I'm currently stationed in Great Falls, Montana. If everything goes as planned I'll only be in the area until July when I will hopefully be attending the WA State Patrol Academy. I have a 7 year old yellow lab "Cash" who has 2 HT passes, and a 3 year old black lab "Koda" who took 1st in a couple of puppy stakes in Minot, ND. I haven't been able to run them for the past 2 years in any test due to the baby machine being activated a few times. Thanks in advance for any offers, ideas, leads, etc. Here are a couple of pictures of both of them taken on a cold (-10 F) December day this year. Far left pic. is Koda on a 150+ yard retrieve in the Missouri River. The next one is Cash on a 100+ yard retrieve also in the Missouri.

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    Join the Spokane Bird Association (NAHRA club), http://spokanebirddog.org/. It's cheap, $25 or $35 dollars or so and you get access to the Espanola training grounds near Medical Lake. The website is way out of date, but the club is active and usually has a training day in spring.
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    Contact Mark Burlington at Burlington Ranch. Just a few miles north of spokane. Nice training grounds and there are groups training there on a regular basis. http://burlingtonranch.com/
    "Force fetch isn't about retrieving as much as it is conditioning a dog to handle pressure, in a very controlled environment. It's about putting a dog in the position of having to figure out how to turn off pressure by finding the correct response. This translates into numerous areas in training." Sharon Potter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dman View Post
    Contact Mark Burlington at Burlington Ranch. Just a few miles north of spokane. Nice training grounds and there are groups training there on a regular basis. http://burlingtonranch.com/
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    Ditto.You are in dog mecca.Lots of clubs and lots of dogs in the area.WRL

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    and I forgot to mention Mark and his wife are good people too.
    I heard WRL trains there sometimes as well.
    "Force fetch isn't about retrieving as much as it is conditioning a dog to handle pressure, in a very controlled environment. It's about putting a dog in the position of having to figure out how to turn off pressure by finding the correct response. This translates into numerous areas in training." Sharon Potter.

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    Welcome to the Great Northwet- Spokane is sportsmans heaven. Watch out for that WRL guy- he is a known BSer.

    Thanks for your service and welcome to RTF regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Watch out for that WRL guy- he is a known BSer.
    LOL

    Yes watch "Him"
    "Force fetch isn't about retrieving as much as it is conditioning a dog to handle pressure, in a very controlled environment. It's about putting a dog in the position of having to figure out how to turn off pressure by finding the correct response. This translates into numerous areas in training." Sharon Potter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Welcome to the Great Northwet- Spokane is sportsmans heaven. Watch out for that WRL guy- he is a known BSer.

    Thanks for your service and welcome to RTF regards

    Bubba
    Yes the WRL guy is almost as bad as the Bubba guy.....SHEESH!

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    Like others have said, lots of dog training-trialing opportunities in the Spokane area. When I started back around 1992 there was an active NAHRA group there, Gary Erickson, Dan Hosford, Harry Williams and a bunch of others. I haven't run NAHRA in quite a while, so don't know if they are still active over there, but I do know there is a large, serious amateur field trial group in that area. PM me and I'll give you a couple names and numbers.

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    The NAHRA club is still active. Holding the regional again in 2013 is the rumor. They are the Spokane Bird Dog Assn. Kelly mentioned earlier. North Idaho Retriever Club has a good group of folks too. Many of them live/train in the Post Falls/CDA area. For some reason I'm having trouble finding their web site at the moment. I would definitely 2nd Kelly's suggestion of joining the SBDA if only because $35 a year is dirt cheap to train on pretty decent grounds/water.
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