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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.


"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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