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post #41 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 06:49 PM
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My boy won!!!!!!! Mickey!!!!
Charlie has played the FT game for a long time.
One of his earlier dogs, Ranger, is a legend, truly a super star ... and now Charlie has another one.
Congrats to Mr. Hines and Mickey!

Of course we all were talking about it today and both The big guys were schooling me in Ranger.
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Yes, no-birds SUCK, especially on a flyer! But, it is something to train on.
Just like having to pick up a flyer that's not dead, it's an unfortunate but not too infrequent happening at a field trial.
Yup, to some degree. Much easier to train for a cripple completely harder to improvise the test atmosphere and sit with a dog in that environment for 2 hours or more. One no-bird I can sort of see, but two no birds it is much much harder to train for.


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When pre-National training, we set up multiple holding blinds, put the dogs through the routine of waiting a long time, listening to sets of guns go off multiple times, and even train on multiple no-birds. In addition, multiple flyers per set-up, mixed bag of birds, cold honors, distractions in the gallery, are all on the checklist when leading up to running a National. Because I live in a non-mountainous area, when I was running the NARC in a mountainous region, I made sure that my dog learned to look up ... many dogs don't want to look up at a severe angle if they aren't used to doing so. One year the judges gave a double pop at a dead bird station and that seemed to mess up some dogs' rhythm, so we trained on that the following year. The checklist is extensive, but you try to cover all your bases, not wanting your dog to see something for the first time in its life when on the mat at a National.
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I am disappointed that we have no Goldens qualified for the 2016 National Retriever Championship! Frankly, that ticks me off quite a bit! I think I'll go home and develop a great training plan for 2017
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When you get that training plan worked out, let a few of us "rookies" in on it! Far too many black dogs in the trials.Glad to see you're motivated again. T

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FT thanks for sharing your thoughts on the NRC. It's always very educational to read your posts. I wish I knew more about FTs.

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