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I ask this because I am having a ball with my dog, and will continue to do so, (I hope!). He is my buddy, sleeps in the bed, goes to shrimp festivals etc, but definitely has OB issues that I'm working on. How many of you on RTF actually enter events with your "best buddy"? I probably will not change my long term plan on the results of this question, just curious how many pets get to play dog games. It is just not in the plan to send my boy away to a pro 500 or more miles away. I will do my very best to learn from the best available to me. I love this game!!!!!!!!
 

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I would say that a large percentage of hunt test people do exactly what you are doing. We hunt and test with our family pet. I would think that the percentage would be somewhat lower for field trials, but I'm sure there are quite a few who do that with their family pet as well.

I've only trained two retrievers (the second one isn't fully trained yet - as if they ever are) and they were both my family pets.
 

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I ask this because I am having a ball with my dog, and will continue to do so, (I hope!). He is my buddy, sleeps in the bed, goes to shrimp festivals etc, but definitely has OB issues that I'm working on. How many of you on RTF actually enter events with your "best buddy"? I probably will not change my long term plan on the results of this question, just curious how many pets get to play dog games. It is just not in the plan to send my boy away to a pro 500 or more miles away. I will do my very best to learn from the best available to me. I love this game!!!!!!!!
Yeah, Bullet ;) It was never in my plan to send Bullet off to a Pro, but.....plans change.

He sleeps in the bed, plays musical couch with his big brother Flash, begs for food with the best of them, is spoiled rotten by grandma.....so maybe not a full time pet, but dang close....

Flash is retired....and is the ulitmate pet.

Lainee, Flash and Bullet
 

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Our boy is a do it all kind of lab. He goes to my work with me, plays big brother to our son, sleeps on the bed, trains everyday, and hunts when we have time. We wouldn't have it any other way.
 

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Princess Darla of Nottingham SH is my best friend, sleeps in my bed, has a spot on the couch, goes fishing, hunting, goes to the store, AND she runs trials and tests! Way fun! :D
 

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Yep, got two of them. Just entered my "retired" SH to run master this weekend just for the fun of it. He won't ever get to a title but he enjoys the work and it gives me a chance to practice handling.

My two dogs spend more time on the my bed and couch than I do !
 

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Several years ago, I called a DVM in Phoenix about places to train. She told me an intersting story about FC-AFC Dust Devil's Shoot the Moon. She said that Don Remein was doing the break out work on him, and he had her bring him down early from Montana, and that he slept in her bed from 6 mo old to 8 mo old. She assured me that the reason he is the number 2 Field Trial Champ of all time, is that he spent 2 mo in her bed.
 

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You bet. She is a 2 1/2 year old fireball with a HRCH and working on her MH. When she is not running she is lounging around in the house. Her job in the morning is to go get the paper at the end of the drive. As soon as the Garage door starts to open she is out to retrieve the paper and if ours is not there she will be more than happy to retrieve the neighbors. :lol: :oops: I can not imagine having her not being a pet. She wants to be around you or with you all the time. She travels with us, goes hunting, fishing, hiking etc...
 

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My 52 lb hunting dog/test dog stays outside in the kennel, it's all business with her although my wife is trying to change that. My wife's pet 100lb golden stays on the couch or the bed. When were at a test or at work she's probably streched out on the couch. Don't get me wrong my dog is very good in the house but two fairly large dogs in our small house is to much for me.
 

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labman63 said:
My 52 lb hunting dog/test dog stays outside in the kennel, it's all business with her although my wife is trying to change that. My wife's pet 100lb golden stays on the couch or the bed. When were at a test or at work she's probably streched out on the couch. Don't get me wrong my dog is very good in the house but two fairly large dogs in our small house is to much for me.
AWWW come on !! I have two labs in my apartment !!! Had a third rescue lab for a month or so....that was a little cramped !
 

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My trial dogs are and always have been house dogs.
 

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labman63 said:
My 52 lb hunting dog/test dog stays outside in the kennel, it's all business with her although my wife is trying to change that. My wife's pet 100lb golden stays on the couch or the bed. When were at a test or at work she's probably streched out on the couch. Don't get me wrong my dog is very good in the house but two fairly large dogs in our small house is to much for me.
up until recently I had 4 dogs all indoor dogs smallest one being my golden at 55 pounds then going all the way up to 80 pounds. They all sleep on the bed and are total members of the house.

To get back to the question my golden is excatly that she is my buddy first and a hunt test dog second and that is how it will always be she will not be going to a trainers just cause I couldnt stand to be away from her and she would go nuts being away from me. Since I got her at 7 weeks she has never not been with me a day in her life and she is now 2 1/2 years old.

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All my dogs are house dogs. Briezy is the only one that sleeps with me though. Just because your dog is your best buddy and sleeps in your bed is no reason to think you can't go out and play the games with them!

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I run field trials and mine are house pets also. The more you are around them the more you are training them, wether you mean to or not.

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I could never (with all due respect to those that have them) have a kennel dog. I want my dogs to lie around the kitchen when I'm cooking or in the yard when I'm doing yard work. All of them have been very kick back having run of the house- to the point where when I get home from work they look up, but aren't charging the door to see me. I like the company of dogs.

Finny's pillow will be plumped & on his side of the bed when he gets home.

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Finny's pillow will be plumped & on his side of the bed when he gets home.
Do that mean that John is back on the floor?

Just wondering regards

Bubba
 

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Bubba said:
Finny's pillow will be plumped & on his side of the bed when he gets home.
Do that mean that John is back on the floor?

Just wondering regards

Bubba
Sent him out for a gallon of milk & haven't seen him since. :cry: :cry:

I Lose More Men That Way Regards-

M
 
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