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  1. No, the electronic collar is not "a must to make...

    No, the electronic collar is not "a must to make a good gun dog." But in its absence, a sturdy pair of running shoes is.
  2. My original question was "I am on the upper end...

    My original question was
    "I am on the upper end of the age spectrum and at the end of a 60 dog MHT it is a very long week-end for my body and brain. I am looking at the new numbers and wondering...
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    [QUOTE ... In other news Central Coast CA also a...

    [QUOTE ... In other news Central Coast CA also a double master 66 is open and has spots; I heard from the Master Am. peeps that both those tests will count for the Master Am. even though the weekend...
  4. If the judges aren't diligent about their time...

    If the judges aren't diligent about their time management - I had a lecture on that topic when I judged my first 30 dog master -; if the club is not prepared to start on time and keep things moving;...
  5. Dogs have very good eyesight but it's motion that...

    Dogs have very good eyesight but it's motion that locks them in. Matters less what you wear than than when and how you move. Having said that, you can help out Fideaux by noting your background. If...
  6. "Just make the blind(s) appropriately difficult...

    "Just make the blind(s) appropriately difficult and judge what you observe. -Paul"

    Now, you're just being logical.
  7. Not trying to offer a diagnosis but having had...

    Not trying to offer a diagnosis but having had sever "Pano" in a 6 mo old Golden pup I'd suggest your vet take a look if the awkward gait returns or if pup appears uncomfortable.

    "Panosteitis is a...
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    You referring to a cross-breed sometimes referred...

    You referring to a cross-breed sometimes referred to as a so-called "silver lab?"
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    EE Scratch Policy

    The new policy that eliminated the $25 scratch fee went into effect at the beginning of the year. As my club had a short wait list, and the pup did not need another orange ribbon I decided to scratch...
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    And I missed that Martin Deeley had passed....

    And I missed that Martin Deeley had passed. Always enjoyable when he was around.
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    Pls read the premium for JAX. The new grounds are...

    Pls read the premium for JAX. The new grounds are south of Interlachen, FL about half-way between Gainesville and Palatka. I hear motels around Palatka and east side of Gainesville are full due to a...
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    JAX opens tonight.

    JAX opens tonight.
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    Jacksonville HT

    The JAX hunt test is on for February 14-16 and will open for entries Jan 21. New location on great grounds.
  14. Try to watch a couple of Q's before you write the...

    Try to watch a couple of Q's before you write the entry check. Triples with - usually - a retired gun. Distances will be long, over 200 yds. Blinds will be long and technical with distractions - bird...
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    Getting sued is no fun. And just because your...

    Getting sued is no fun. And just because your insurance carrier may, and I stress may, cover you is slim comfort. (Don't ask how I know.) Club policies may or may not cover non club members and may...
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    It was pointed out to me that such a designation...

    It was pointed out to me that such a designation places an implied liability on the individual. If they volunteer in a response they are protected by "Good Samaritan" laws. But if they are identified...
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    The Master Amateur Retriever Club safety protocol...

    The Master Amateur Retriever Club safety protocol requires that an AED be on site at each flight. That was, as Tom D noted, quite literally a life saver. There are a number of outfits that rent the...
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    Hey Hunter: Best of luck with your career, and...

    Hey Hunter: Best of luck with your career, and your pups. Don't forget your friends down in Okeechobee.
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    I resisted, but after watching a respected friend...

    I resisted, but after watching a respected friend try to coax a so-called "silver lab" to show some interest in, much less pickup a duck, I give in. These crossbreeds are not Labradors. Perhaps we...
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    Just to fill some blanks - yes, the Invitational...

    Just to fill some blanks - yes, the Invitational is planned to be in the eastern region. The club is looking at property now and I expect will be in position to announce the venue early in the coming...
  21. Check with the folks in the East TN RC and Middle...

    Check with the folks in the East TN RC and Middle TN AM RC. Both use public grounds for their tests which, I understand, can be used for training subject to regulations. Take a thermometer to check...
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    Effective 1/1/2020 clubs may increase entry...

    Effective 1/1/2020 clubs may increase entry limits by 10% (66, 100)
    The $25 EE scratch fee is eliminated
    Already in place is the "I am not a robot" key on EE

    These were announced last June at...
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    The regs require only that the walk-up bird be...

    The regs require only that the walk-up bird be "presented" 45 yards from the line. It falls where it falls. I've done walk-up flyers and it can be a very juicy mark. Hard to get Phydeaux to turn for...
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    Ran a test down in Cajun country years ago....

    Ran a test down in Cajun country years ago. Series was close in a thickly wooded swamp and the judge felt a gunshot would be "too loud" and confuse the dogs. (I'm sure the tailgate party the night...
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    I'm reminded of what a football coach said of a...

    I'm reminded of what a football coach said of a talented and very independent quarterback. Adapting to the dog game: There's my plan; there's whatever is in the dog's head as the birds go down; and...
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