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    I feed Red Paw to my 4 yo with great results and...

    I feed Red Paw to my 4 yo with great results and will stick with it on her. I highly recommend this food.

    Believe it or not, my old guy seems do have always done best on Eukanuba. Over the years...
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    Certainly you don't need to have a field trial or...

    Certainly you don't need to have a field trial or hunt test dog to have a good hunting dog. However, a good field trial dog or high level hunt test dog can and do make excellent hunting dogs and...
  3. Thread: cripple bird

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    I would agree with Skeeter on this one. Don't...

    I would agree with Skeeter on this one. Don't feed the dog bones. I've actually stabbed myself pretty bad on a goose wing bone before (broken when shot).

    My duckhill dog has always been very...
  4. Thread: blind in fog

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    Shoot a lot more so you don't wing them. ...

    Shoot a lot more so you don't wing them.

    Seriously... IMO that is impossible to train for. A 250-300 blind with little factors, 100% visibility, and the bird dead is tough enough. A 250-300...
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    Part 2 ...

    Part 2

    http://www.philosophicaleconomics.com/2015/10/trend/
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    Operant Conditioning - with a twist

    Operant conditioning as it relates to Traders, Investors and Economic Policy Makers. Pretty informative and interesting.

    http://www.philosophicaleconomics.com/2015/10/bfskinner/
  7. Thread: Swack's back!

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    Welcome back Swack. Looking forward to a bit...

    Welcome back Swack. Looking forward to a bit more interesting conversation if I'm allowed to post... my past few seem to have gone missing

    Anyway, we've had a good year since you've been been...
  8. I think it is safe to say that experienced FT...

    I think it is safe to say that experienced FT dogs have learned scent discrimination and can pretty easily discern drag back from an actual bird. Same goes for hunting dogs. How many young hunting...
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    David, You have what seems to be a really nice...

    David,
    You have what seems to be a really nice dog. I know you said in the past that you don't hunt which is a real shame imo. You've got a well trained dog thst loves to work. Getting him out on...
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    I would really like to go on a "shoot" in the UK....

    I would really like to go on a "shoot" in the UK. It does sound like a lot of fun but after reading that article, boy am I glad I get to hunt and work my dogs here in North America (notice the...
  11. Thread: Best whistle

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    Agree with Bannerman. The whistle doesn't really...

    Agree with Bannerman. The whistle doesn't really matter all that much unless you're running 300 yard blinds where it's tough to hear. Just condition you're dog to whichever one you like most and go...
  12. Thread: Wow Nice Reboot

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    I like it too. I like the cleaner feel and...

    I like it too. I like the cleaner feel and hopefully it keeps some of the spammers away. My only critique is the green in the forum/thread titles. the light green makes it tougher to read than a...
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    Polmaise, Very good point. Who knows how well...

    Polmaise,

    Very good point. Who knows how well this training works. All I know is the dog has passed a couple of master hunter tests and completed a few qualifying level FTs which show some level...
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    Lindsay Ridgeway - 2Q training

    I thought some of you may be interested in Lindsay Ridgeway's wikibook. He trains for field trials and hunt tests without aversives and I believe he has a couple of Master passes and a JAM or two in...
  15. Thread: New Project

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    I imagine you really enjoy these opportunities to...

    I imagine you really enjoy these opportunities to train a dog outside of the FT game because it allows you to experiment a little and probably learn a lot.

    When you say Amish, will you be...
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    Please don't get me wrong. I am pleased with...

    Please don't get me wrong. I am pleased with Cala's overall field work including upland and water work. Cala is very high drive, almost wild on the retrieve. I have seen her enthusiasm for the...
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    No offense Newf but you've been drinking too much...

    No offense Newf but you've been drinking too much of the "Gentlemen's Gundog" Kool Aid. :)

    First off, yes, I consider her water and upland skills to be actual weaknesses relative to her other...
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    I am overall very happy with the working side of...

    I am overall very happy with the working side of my british girl. She is a good marker, steady, focused, and has great drive for the most part. She pretty much keeps up with any lab out there.
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    Mr. Milner, FYI - Though Farley Mowat's, Never...

    Mr. Milner,

    FYI - Though Farley Mowat's, Never Cry Wolf, is a great read, it is a work of fiction based on his experiences observing wolves. There have been a lot of holes poked in his story by...
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    Here is an interview with the main researcher and...

    Here is an interview with the main researcher and proponent of the training style. She holds my attention little easier than Mr. Milner or Mike Lardy. :D

    The questions I am asking myself are:...
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    "Do as I do" dog training method

    I recently read an as of yet unreleased manuscript that was accepted for publication in "Applied Animal Behavior Science" journal comparing the efficiency of "do as I do" vs. clicker or marking...
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    Agreed. I almost said something earlier but...

    Agreed. I almost said something earlier but didn't. They're not needed and simply slipping them off could prevent injury. If you feel you need a collar for ID purposes or whatever, go with a flat...
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    Beautiful sculpture Mr. Milner! Love it.

    Beautiful sculpture Mr. Milner! Love it.
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    Well, after reading my post I may be...

    Well, after reading my post I may be reconsidering. I think many American FT breedings do take into consideration coping ability, perhaps inadvertently, by means of the typical American style force...
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    I think that breeders can to a degree. Of course...

    I think that breeders can to a degree. Of course there will be outliers but just like retrieving desire (or drive), nose, etc., coping ability is largely genetic, thus comes from the parents which...
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