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    What kind of water test do you set up when the water is very cold?
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    Depends on what water is available. I don't like long swims even when the water is not cold.
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    I hear this mentioned quite often. I'm no judge but do wonder, If a finished level dog can sit in a duck blind for 3+ hours in sub freezing weather picking up limits of ducks while being held to high standards, how much of a effect does it actually have on one in colder weather picking up 4-5 birds on a test lasting 7-10 minutes. I look forward to some of the experienced guys giving some info. IE does it seem to make the dogs more cheatier, sluggish, less tenative or likely to not take correct comands/cast and is it all about just setting up the test with the water you have and not taking the water temperature into the equation?
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    Running water or smaller ditches to cross combined with more-land-than-water marks. Cold water isn't as much of an issue in October as it is in early spring (when the dogs haven't been in it for an extended period of time.)
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    I didn't know you got that kind of weather down that way? LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by TDB87 View Post
    I hear this mentioned quite often. I'm no judge but do wonder, If a finished level dog can sit in a duck blind for 3+ hours in sub freezing weather picking up limits of ducks while being held to high standards, how much of a effect does it actually have on one in colder weather picking up 4-5 birds on a test lasting 7-10 minutes. I look forward to some of the experienced guys giving some info. IE does it seem to make the dogs more cheatier, sluggish, less tenative or likely to not take correct comands/cast and is it all about just setting up the test with the water you have and not taking the water temperature into the equation?
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    Have the dogs cut a sliver of water on their marks and their blinds
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    Water becomes more of a diversion to a retrieve than the route. If you must, Set a test where there is a big warm up on land retrieve before a significant swim and follow with a land retrieve to dry off.
    Testing and training are not the same as a cold weather hunt, can't compare a dogs willingness to deal with cold in a test based on its enthusiasm during a real hunt.
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    We ran at Clinton House last weekend. Snow saturday and low of 25 or so Sunday morning. Water was first both days and the set ups seemed to be about normal to any time of year. In our flight i didn't see any dogs that seemed to be adversely effected by the cold water.

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    Think smart on bird placement for quick in/outs. No long swims.
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    Carry towels and WOOL blanket and take care of your own dog not relying on judges.
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