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    With all this discussion about "silver labs" and...

    With all this discussion about "silver labs" and the strong position taken by many but not all. It may be worth discussing what position would you take as a person who is on the committee or judge...
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    16.1.17 Courage (a) Courage, too is a trait...

    16.1.17 Courage

    (a) Courage, too is a trait which cannot be tested at every trial. It maybe displayed by a willingness to face without hesitation, rough cover, cold or rough water, ice, mud or...
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    Judging Question: Direct or Fastest?

    Marking test, Open, first series.
    Triple with two retired guns. Combination of marks being done by land and water. The direct line to the long memory mark which is retired is through heavy cover up...
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    Registered owners in 2004 when Bill Eckett,pro...

    Registered owners in 2004 when Bill Eckett,pro trainer, handled him to his US National win were Gary McIlwain of Bovey, Minnesota and Lowell Schwab of Corcoran, Minnesota.
  5. Specifically what genes would you want to match?...

    Specifically what genes would you want to match? Hybrid-vigor comes from an out cross. Matching phenotypic traits similar desirable physical attributes with dissimilar genotypic make-up. Is this what...
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    Just when I thought we would get a bump in the...

    Just when I thought we would get a bump in the numbers of people taking up this recreational sport of working field dogs be it trials or hunt test because of the "Baby Boomers" retiring I was...
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    What makes a handler fun to watch? Well Mickey...

    What makes a handler fun to watch? Well Mickey Rawlins is such a person. I remember Molly beating him to the line. One of the judges as agreed upon between them turns to Mickey and says "Go back to...
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    Yes, you got to enjoy it and the time with the...

    Yes, you got to enjoy it and the time with the dog(s). It is what sets us apart. It is the journey not the destination.
  9. Form a good habit of being steady. Your time is...

    Form a good habit of being steady. Your time is better spent thoroughly working through Bill Hillmann's traffic cop training for steady. If you go for the big stick and/or collar correction you will...
  10. I have done this for years. I take the dog in the...

    I have done this for years. I take the dog in the field as I throw for others in the training group. I sit the dog 3-5 yards away from me so I am looking over the dog when I look back to the line ...
  11. "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A...

    "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Tubby. Your words...
  12. tractable temperament for hunting, hunt tests and...

    tractable temperament for hunting, hunt tests and maybe trialing if he shows the aptitude. You have received some good advice. Given what you stated in your original post you should be looking a some...
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    Our rule book gives direction on not moving...

    Our rule book gives direction on not moving gunners to deliberately miss lead the dog from the area of the fall. The "in-throw" delivered at some distance from the line puts the dog a disadvantage ...
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    When training "in-throws" I found it is also...

    When training "in-throws" I found it is also about communication with a key word such as easy spoken softly and the dog released on its name quietly delivered.
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    Great warm weather training. Lots of days...

    Great warm weather training. Lots of days training on this water.
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    When hunting a good many of the shots are of the...

    When hunting a good many of the shots are of the ducks coming in or passing over, inbound for a destination you have planned or lucked into, as the birds move to feeding or resting areas. If it...
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    In throws and training in throws

    Nearly 3.5 decades ago I saw my first "in-throw" in a field trial competition. Much grumbling among the competitors. In the ensuing years I have seen it repeated in a variety of situations. I have...
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    How old is your dog? How many trials or hunt...

    How old is your dog?
    How many trials or hunt test have you run?
    How many training sessions have you run with your friends?
    How many "no birds" has your had?
    How many re throws has your dog had?...
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    Are you running trials or hunt test?

    Are you running trials or hunt test?
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    The dogs travel with me in the truck from morning...

    The dogs travel with me in the truck from morning to night in crates. They get trained ( yard work) before loading and my local travels begin., usually after a long daily morning power walk with a...
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    FTCH AFTCH Castile Creeks Rivers Ripple

    Here is a picture of Ripple with her double header ribbons on the last week in September of 2018. She will be 11 on the 31st of December
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    A judge of dog work be it field trials or hunt...

    A judge of dog work be it field trials or hunt tests can benefit in setting tests if he or she is also a hunter.
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    I have freed up space in my inbox.

    I have freed up space in my inbox.
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    Shackled Pigeons when required and time permits....

    Shackled Pigeons when required and time permits. Shackle one wing and the legs for blinds. Also using a quick release spring loaded trap. Be it bumpers, dead bird or live shackled bird it depends...
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    Judging an out of sight mark

    The judges set up a mark in which the cover is tall and thick enough that (1.) the mark can not bee seen all the way down, (2.) the dog entering the cover can not be seen picking up the mark, (3.)...
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