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    I have had my 20 month old Brittany at a trainer here in Arizona for a few weeks and she will be there another 3-4 before I head back to South Dakota. Getting her steadied up for some NSTRA trials when I get back. The trainer has also been cleaning up her retrieve. Here's a pic he sent me today of Bree on the Whoa board.

    Training in AZ 2.jpg
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    Nice pup. Has she been pointing her birds? I know you mentioned she hadn't been earlier.

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    Yes, she has been pointing her birds. Now holding the point until I can get there to flush the bird was another story. That's why she is at the trainer. I ran her in some novice braces at a NSTRA trial in January. She did a great job of finding and pointing birds but wanted to bust in flush the bird before I could get there. If that happens twice in a brace you are DQ'd. I think this dog really has what it takes to be a terrific NSTRA dog. Just going to take some time and a little extra training. She has a super high prey drive and is bird crazy.
    Janee's August Breeze - Bree
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    My older Shorthair was trained to the Master level and early on he loved to chase and it took quite a few reps popping pigeons and a little extra ecollar work to get him to stand thru the flush. He was always staunch and I could easily walk up to him, but once the bird was airborne it was off to the races. For Pheasant hunting I let him go at the flush simply because I want him on the bird as quick as possible and I'm usually just hunting by myself or a good friend who I trust won't shoot a low flyer.

    What are the requirements for NSTRA as far as the dog being steady? I know Master hunt test the dog must be steady thru wing, shot and fall.
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    In NSTRA the dog does not have to be steady to wing, shot and fall. But once the dog goes on point it must remain steady until the handler flushes the bird. Any movement, steps taken, flagging, etc. will have points deducted from your score for the find. If you want any info on NSTRA go to their web site NSTRA.org and you can find quite a bit. Or shoot me a PM and I'll try to answer your questions. We are always looking for new members in the Mid-North Region (MN, ND & SD).
    Janee's August Breeze - Bree
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    Glad you got her healthy. Did they ever figure out what the issue was, or did she just grow out of it? I know you spend most of your stock market gains on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgorvi View Post
    Glad you got her healthy. Did they ever figure out what the issue was, or did she just grow out of it? I know you spend most of your stock market gains on her.
    We have never gotten to the bottom of her apparent allergies. She has been receiving Cytopoint injections about every two months to control itching and biting. It's been working great. Her last shot was the first week in February so I plan to see how long she can go before I have to give her another shot. Hopefully she will either grow out of it or we will find out the exact cause.
    Janee's August Breeze - Bree
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    Godfather's Dakota Elle - Elle
    1X NSTRA Champion
    11/16/2008 - 11/22/2016
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5

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    This is good news. Her coat looked thick and healthy so hopefully you have it handled.
    "We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." M.Facklam

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    The latest pic.

    Training in AZ 3.jpg
    Janee's August Breeze - Bree
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    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5

    Godfather's Dakota Elle - Elle
    1X NSTRA Champion
    11/16/2008 - 11/22/2016
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5

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    She looks awsome George,real nice tail set and as Gatzby said,her coat looks good too.Glad to see things are getting better all around for the both of you.

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