Start to Finish

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Start to Finish

Postby Woodrow03 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:12 pm

Let's see the progression of your pup
Type of training?
Self or professional?
Field trials? Results? Awards?


Calvin:
3 &1/2's old now.
Trained by me.

Texas Years:
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Years later in MN/ND
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby StuStiltman » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:53 pm

Great looking dog Woodrow!! I'll have to go thru some old pics and put together a progression of my best dog Lena, here's a few of my newest dog storm, I adopted him from some breeder friends of mine at 3 years old, he was never trained but some of his pups are hunt test.....champs? I think that's the right term, anyways this is storm when I picked him up from the kennel
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Here's one of storm on opening day, 2nd shots dog made the retrieve, this pic is storm retrieving the duck while playing fetch.
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This one is my 3 dogs Lena, Hanna and storm taking a nap
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby StuStiltman » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:57 pm

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Re: Start to Finish

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:59 pm

mine little over 1 1/2

and i taught her if you don't have a key to get in or out figure it out


















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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Swamp Gas » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:55 am

:lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Funny schidt there hillbilly!
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Labs » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:40 am

Self trained, run NAHRA and AKC hunt tests, guide, and hunt. CLF, MHR Tikka SH - 7 yrs old, BLF, WR Cali SH - 4 yrs old in June.

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Re: Start to Finish

Postby beretta24 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:41 pm

TBD...one of the three bitches
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Pick her up in a week and a half.
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Labs » Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:33 pm

Congrats on the new pup! Training yourself, or? Hunt test future or hunting only?


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Re: Start to Finish

Postby beretta24 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:44 pm

Going to start myself. It'll be interesting. Pup I had growing up was awesome on the instinct side, but she saw hundreds of days in the field.

Going to start will Hillman as a foundation, but I've been reading and watching a lot of other reference material. Might get back into some upland hunting so I plan to train for both.
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Labs » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:17 pm

Well, the club I belong to trains for both upland and waterfowl. The Hillman puppy stuff has shone promising results. We have a club training night out at Kelley Farms over by Stillwater...many exceptional dog handlers and trainers in that group...


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Re: Start to Finish

Postby mutthunt » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:26 am

Labs wrote:Well, the club I belong to trains for both upland and waterfowl. The Hillman puppy stuff has shone promising results. We have a club training night out at Kelley Farms over by Stillwater...many exceptional dog handlers and trainers in that group...


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Is that FPRC? I went to one of their training nights this summer. Great group. They welcomed me and my mutt. Going to try to get more involved this year.
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby beretta24 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:53 am

Labs wrote:Well, the club I belong to trains for both upland and waterfowl. The Hillman puppy stuff has shone promising results. We have a club training night out at Kelley Farms over by Stillwater...many exceptional dog handlers and trainers in that group...


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Thanks for the info. I don't think we'll be getting to your level but something tells me I could be bending your ear a bit this year.

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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Labs » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:41 am

mutthunt wrote:Is that FPRC? I went to one of their training nights this summer. Great group. They welcomed me and my mutt. Going to try to get more involved this year.


Yes, that is FPRC. I am the club treasurer.. :wink: We have a test in May that I will be chairing...you should come out and check it out. http://www.fourpointsrc.org/

Beretta: It isn't hard to get a dog to the level I'm at with the help of a good club and training partners. I never thought I would have a dog that would run in hunt tests, either...but even if you don't run tests, the training to get there is the same as with a hunting partner. Any time you have any questions, let me know!

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Re: Start to Finish

Postby pj » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:11 am

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Re: Start to Finish

Postby 2thepoint » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:28 pm

This is my oldest setter Buddy. He is 8 now. The last pic is from this December about 6 weeks after TPLO surgery. (we brought him to Florida since he was hurt during the NODAK trip he supposed to be on) Its amazing what this dog has taught me.
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby beretta24 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:46 pm

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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Gunnysway » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:38 am

Great pics guys! :thumbsup:

Almost need a DHC Minnesota training team....
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby MinnesotaDan » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:22 am

This here is Woodrow at 6 months when I got him. Runt of the litter. Scared of everything, seemed like he probably had some serious cognitive disabilities. He ended up not being totally mentally handicapped, but some days I'm not so sure. No credentials or field test stuff like that, just a good buddy with a real good nose
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Here is at age 3, first limit I ever shot with him. I jumped a double, knocked them both down with bad shots and he ended up finding both nowhere near where they went down. This was when he really started figuring it out.
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Age 4 here. Man we both look young as hell.
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Never much of a retriever, but he'll do in a pinch.
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Now he's 10, and starting to slow down a little bit and it makes me really sad. I'm gonna let him run these fields until the day he dies.
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby MNRealtree » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:22 am

Hey guys new to the site. been following for a while but just got signed up.

I got my first hunting pup last summer and have been training him myself. Loves birds and am excited to get him out hunting this fall. I cant believe how fast he's grown, from less than 10 lbs to 65 at 10 months.
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Re: Start to Finish

Postby Gunnysway » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:23 pm

:welcome:

It does go fast. I have a 14yo that I can't believe is 14. Seems like yesterday me and the Mrs. were arguing over who got to clean up the crap he chewed up. Retired him at 13. Breaks my heart that I can't take him with any more. Best duck dog I ever had...


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Re: Start to Finish

Postby zee-unit » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:34 pm

Almost need a DHC Minnesota training team....


Yes!!!
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