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The author (right) and Andrew Thill, both of Fargo, move in to investigate a shared point by their wirehairs, Asic and Remy. Photo by Erin Shoberg.

Open Season: Subtle start to dog training

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My dog's breeder, Jeff Jalbert of Top Shelf Kennels in Horace, gave me a sideways glance as he set down his Busch Light on the polished wooden bar that wrapped along the south wing of Stiklestad Lodge near Fort Ransom, N.D.

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"You going to test your boy this fall?" he asked, referring to my German wirehaired pointer, Remington, and the upcoming North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Utility Test (UT).

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