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    Default Waiting to compete in field trials

    I am completely new to the world of FIELD TRIALS . I have titled or trained many SH and several MH level dogs.I have a 15 month old Grady pup , who is nowhere near ready to compete. We are just coming out of winter and need to do swimby , cheaters etc. And I have no idea yet if he has the talent to play in the big field but I do know he is awesome smart , and "my little boy" as he looks me in the eye for hugs
    I just came across this article in the Chronicle. This is how I am going to approach the whole trial thing....thought you might be interested.

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/...term-sacrifice
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    I think that's a great approach. My pup is with trainer right now for a few more weeks. He is my first lab and I bought him as a meat dog. He has a great pedigree and the trainer said he learns quickly. I decided that I'm going to do hunt tests with him. I'm going to take it slow and steady. It should be fun for both of us.

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    Sounds like a good idea to me... never understood what everyones big rush is to push the young dogs
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    Bridget

    You and I have the same age puppy.

    I like your approach. Most all the "help" I have recieved, would prolly agree with what your plans are.
    I too plan on taking it slow, and seeing what develops..
    I am not planning on rushing to run HT's, but rather spending a LOT more time training, making sure I do the correct things to reach MY goal, and that is to have a well trained dog..
    We will see where that takes us..
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    Ummmm Bridget, I think it's cause you're a stone cole coward.

    You've slowed down quite a bit since your "box wrench" days and it really shows!

    (Hope you appreciate that... took me like 30 hours to finally come up with it - and 2 vodka tonics!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Henion View Post
    Ummmm Bridget, I think it's cause you're a stone cole coward.

    You've slowed down quite a bit since your "box wrench" days and it really shows!

    (Hope you appreciate that... took me like 30 hours to finally come up with it - and 2 vodka tonics!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget Bodine View Post
    I am completely new to the world of FIELD TRIALS . I have titled or trained many SH and several MH level dogs.I have a 15 month old Grady pup , who is nowhere near ready to compete. We are just coming out of winter and need to do swimby , cheaters etc. And I have no idea yet if he has the talent to play in the big field but I do know he is awesome smart , and "my little boy" as he looks me in the eye for hugs
    I just came across this article in the Chronicle. This is how I am going to approach the whole trial thing....thought you might be interested.

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/...term-sacrifice
    My mentor is a former field trialer, an old timer. I am thankful for him instilling his philosophy in me which is: Enjoy your dog, what is the rush with titles, and do________(fill in the blank) when the dog is ready. Train the dog that you have.

    I have taken the advice and I look at the long term goals which I think is the gist of your post. Delayed gratification, I guess. Good luck with your pup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrinGreene View Post
    One always has to look at their viewpoint on things like this and decide... am I making excuses?
    Yep Probably, that I have not gotten out and trained.Maybe in my next life , I will have winters in Georgia.I saw water for the first time in 3 months last week, it is gone now, 14 degrees this morning.
    But when and if the dog is ready to run derby , we will
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