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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson View Post
    My personal opinion is that the EU folks tend to handle on marks moreso than the North American folks. The EU folks tend to allow their dogs to hunt moreso than the North Americans. Neither is more "right" or "wrong". They are just different and it is all good!
    Spot on! Chris and diplomatic. All wrong of course in my opinion!....
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    Quote Originally Posted by polmaise View Post
    Spot on! Chris and diplomatic. All wrong of course in my opinion!....
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    On my epitaph have the words 'It's not about getting the dummy It's how you get it'.
    Dummy? Do we do this for dummies? I say dummies (aka "bumpers") are for when we have to do drudgeristic training. For our animals, it's really about getting the game. Aye?
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    You can call it what you will, dummy/dummies/bumper/game/ etc ..I think that's where the 'terminology' and/or misunderstanding-translation can get confusing 'Globally' !...
    Let's just call it a 'Target'?..
    Anyhow, Mine just treat them all as a ''game''.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polmaise View Post
    You can call it what you will, dummy/dummies/bumper/game/ etc ..I think that's where the 'terminology' and/or misunderstanding-translation can get confusing 'Globally' !...
    Let's just call it a 'Target'?..
    Anyhow, Mine just treat them all as a ''game''.
    It is all a game. When I wrote the word "game" I meant what some USA rednecks call "critters". "Critters" are the species we pursue that our dogs retrieve. In other words, they don't do it so much for the plastic/rubber/canvas. They do it for the feathered (or in your case furred) "game" animals.

    I'm just goofing. I use bumpers way more than birds in my training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polmaise View Post
    Ok. Blame the Brit!..Are you 'French'?
    No! I thought you were French!

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    Thanks for all your answers!

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