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    I worked a junior and senior test last weekend...

    I worked a junior and senior test last weekend and it was really refreshing to see new people and dogs getting out for the first time.
    Commit to the whole day even if you go out on the first bird. ...
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    The bird dog games have suffered a lot more. The...

    The bird dog games have suffered a lot more. The biggest pool for these sports are hunters. With wild birds virtually extinct in most parts of the country, there is no new blood in the bird dog...
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    Pretty simple work-around. Wear a dark timber...

    Pretty simple work-around. Wear a dark timber camo pattern if the background is grass or light colored. If you're in front of a wall of dark cedars, wear a light marsh camo.
  4. I made some with T posts ant Tyvek jackets. ...

    I made some with T posts ant Tyvek jackets. They've been really tough. I like how they move in the breeze. Just like a flyer station that won't sit still.
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    In fairness to those that haven't finished it,...

    In fairness to those that haven't finished it, the AKC HT and FT rule book is one of the worst organized and put together pieces of literature I have encountered.

    I understand the progressions and...
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    Get a program and diagram each dog as they run. ...

    Get a program and diagram each dog as they run. Compare your notes with the callbacks. make little notes about the handler, the dog etc. You may not line up with the judges but you can start to...
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    Far from an expert, in fact about a year ago I...

    Far from an expert, in fact about a year ago I was in your shoes. I'd run HT but had a dog that I thought could run derbies. She did okay and finished one derby and was a toenail away from another....
  8. This is in the manual for American Field bird dog...

    This is in the manual for American Field bird dog trials and was written by Bill Brown. It's kind of interesting that the zenith of pointing dogs probably occurred some time between the 50's and...
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    If you want it to run longer, buy the higher Ah...

    If you want it to run longer, buy the higher Ah (Amp hour) batteries. I have the Milwaukee fans. The 5.0Ah batteries will last all day on the lowest speed. the 9.0Ah will will run longer than I...
  10. Pay $95 to entry express.

    Pay $95 to entry express.
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    Also the difference in length and lack of...

    Also the difference in length and lack of separation. The dog is forced to run tight past a flyer station to a memory bird. It's not super hard to teach them the concept, but if they haven't seen...
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    A lot of my hunt test buddies have learned...

    A lot of my hunt test buddies have learned recently that FT flyer stations are way more tempting than HT flyer stations.

    Shackled duck on the long gun is interesting. I will remember that.
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    I'm very lucky to be able to train with some...

    I'm very lucky to be able to train with some really good amateur trainers. I think a mentor in this game is extremely important. Someone telling you your idea is wrong and showing you a better way...
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    I've had an Rtic roadie and soft side for a few...

    I've had an Rtic roadie and soft side for a few years. IDK if they keep ice as long as a yeti, don't really care. They are tough and keep ice long enough for me.

    I'm sure the zipper is better on...
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    Pointing dog trials have all sorts of futurities....

    Pointing dog trials have all sorts of futurities. The litters are nominated and enrolled at birth essentially. They run as derbies. It's a breeder's cup essentially. Different standards for...
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    Poll: 2 birds per dog per stake isn't unrealistic. ...

    2 birds per dog per stake isn't unrealistic.

    Honestly, in master it shouldn't matter unless the birds are super nasty. For junior and senior stakes the birds should be much better. I know the...
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    If he has been properly forced, just take a duck...

    If he has been properly forced, just take a duck out and do walking fetch. Leave the duck out and work the dog every day as the duck gets progressively funkier.

    I had the same issue when my last...
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    The blind will be outside the marks which can...

    The blind will be outside the marks which can cause issues if dogs aren't used to running marks and blinds at the same time.

    A lot of suction and old falls etc. I would train on "No" off a bird...
  19. Crusher run or stone dust is a good base. We...

    Crusher run or stone dust is a good base. We used it for years. You can put larger gravel underneath it. Dogs can and will dig in it until they hit the gravel. You can tamp it flat.
    I put 4x6...
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    Seems like this feedback could be passed to the...

    Seems like this feedback could be passed to the manufacturers. Maybe a pre-measured charge held in a chamber instead of a flow in, then fire mechanism. IDK


    .32 blanks are loud. Expensive but...
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    It's interesting, I know trainers used to "flip"...

    It's interesting, I know trainers used to "flip" a dog from one side to the other and the step-over seems to be a lot more popular than the flip now
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    At what point do you all think it is appropriate...

    At what point do you all think it is appropriate to ask for a re-run because of a nasty bird? Or is it?

    If I ran a junior dog today and received that bird, I would absolutely ask for a re-run. ...
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    First junior test I ever ran my dog got a bird...

    First junior test I ever ran my dog got a bird that was probably shot on Thursday for a Q and was used until Sunday. It was greasy, missing most of the feathers. He tried to fetch it by the...
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    Learn something about you and your dog for the...

    Learn something about you and your dog for the next Q.

    Watch every dog you can.

    Take notes on set ups, things dogs do well, things dogs seem to struggle with.
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    I really like singles off multiple guns. Our...

    I really like singles off multiple guns. Our group runs the ABCD drills a lot. The diamond and eraser ABCD(E) drills can give a dog fits as singles. But it's teaching them a ton and the mark tends...
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