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Puttin' on the Polish

Polish arises from an attention to detail
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Gates and Fences

A properly disciplined dog will remain at sit while allowing all parties to open and pass through gates and gaps and to cross fences. Dogs that rush through gates and fences ahead of people are a nuisance and a danger. Dogs should be conditioned to pass through gaps or under fences only on command and after their handlers.

Negotiating Hazards

Polished hunting companions are careful, patient and attentive at heel at all times while in rough or hazardous terrain. Dogs must be watchful not to interfere with the hunters' movements as they negotiate ditches; fallen timber; rough cover or deep snow, mud or water. Dogs should be conditioned to sit patiently until all parties have crossed hazardous ditches, embankments or slopes and come forward only on command. Pups are taught to heel at various speeds over obstacles and rough conditions quite early. Training dogs to heel while swimming next to the handler pays off as well.

These are but a few of the polished skills related to an obedient, well disciplined dog. Realistically, polished skills do not equate more value to style than function, at least not for the serious hunter. Success is in the details and attention to detail creates a disciplined retriever that is a viable contender for the coveted title of polished.

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