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    I trained my first dog into a fine all around...

    I trained my first dog into a fine all around hunting dog who could handle with Water Dog. I had never see a hunt test or field trial, it was 1980, I had absolutely no reference other than that book....
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    Darrin, I’m sure you could devote time and...

    Darrin,

    I’m sure you could devote time and effort in training your dog to pick birds up at the gunner’s feet, but why would you? That’s time and effort taken away from training on marks and...
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    No offense Mark, I’m a golden guy too, but you’re...

    No offense Mark, I’m a golden guy too, but you’re missing the point of force fetch. The purpose of FF isn’t to build drive to retrieve that isn’t inherent, that doesn’t work. The purpose is to build...
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    I think he was implying the judges used that bit...

    I think he was implying the judges used that bit of bad luck as an opportunity to drop a dog, and cut the number by one more.
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    I never thought about it, I just assumed it meant...

    I never thought about it, I just assumed it meant the whole pedigree of the bitch. I don’t understand the logic of omitting half her dna when talking her line.
  6. Your dog is 80% successful on what you are...

    Your dog is 80% successful on what you are currently setting up. I would increase the difficulty by adding factors you can train on. As far as hunting up a well placed bird, I tend to leave them to...
  7. If he’s hitting eight out of ten marks that well,...

    If he’s hitting eight out of ten marks that well, he’s proven himself to be a good natural market. I’d leave well enough alone as long as he’s in the same zip code. A young dog blowing past two out...
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    This! The FF process is a few weeks in the life...

    This! The FF process is a few weeks in the life of a dog quite early in the formal training. It’s been my experience that the high drive dogs may require more force and fight the process a bit more...
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    That’s the way I was taught 25+ years ago and the...

    That’s the way I was taught 25+ years ago and the way I do it today. I also make very subtle adjustments by moving my body forward slightly for a gentle push and back slightly for a gentle pull.
  10. Call me on my cell 249-4146. I’d be happy to help...

    Call me on my cell 249-4146. I’d be happy to help you out. We have a small group up here in the Flathead and from April to October, Ronan is the center of the world for retriever training.
  11. Thank you guys, very kind words and very touching.

    Thank you guys, very kind words and very touching.
  12. Thank you everyone, your words do help.

    Thank you everyone, your words do help.
  13. 76910 This from Alex’s last hunt less than...

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    This from Alex’s last hunt less than three weeks ago.
  14. RIP QA2 Things That Are Red For 500. “Alex”

    It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to Alex this morning. He was diagnosed with lung cancer ten days ago and went quickly. I’m too overcome to write much of a tribute right now, but...
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    That Trevor Lawrence was something!

    That Trevor Lawrence was something!
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    Nice play by Tau right there.

    Nice play by Tau right there.
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    Yikes, I’m surprised for sure.

    Yikes, I’m surprised for sure.
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    I’m so sorry Jeff, Glacier was a great dog.

    I’m so sorry Jeff, Glacier was a great dog.
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    I’m happy for Jalen, glad he hung in there with a...

    I’m happy for Jalen, glad he hung in there with a positive attitude:
  20. Are you suggesting that we use dogs to hunt big...

    Are you suggesting that we use dogs to hunt big game out west the way they do it in the south? That’s crazy. Out west we mostly hunt deer and elk a large expanses of public land. I would be furious...
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    Kind of a big leap to go from a breed being rare...

    Kind of a big leap to go from a breed being rare to being hated. The fact that certain breeds are uncommon doesn’t mean anybody “hates” them.
  22. Must be a regional thing. Having been raised out...

    Must be a regional thing. Having been raised out west the idea of chasing deer or elk through the mountains seems abhorrent to me. I do have friends who raise hounds and use them to chase and tree...
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    Hey, are there any Louisiana football fans out...

    Hey, are there any Louisiana football fans out there?
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    Wow! Good job Glen!!!

    Wow! Good job Glen!!!
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    Ed times 4.

    Ed times 4.
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