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Agree on the rules, referee, number of people per side and the meeting place immediately prior to the match. This means there is a 10-second scratch count, 30 seconds in the corner between scratches and a 30-second out of hold count (bottom dog to scratch).
Get a referee that knows the rules and is impartial because his decision is final.
He did everything from reading up on protection from a jinx to rubbing Opie’s red hair. Andy: And that is also the biggest crock of nothin' I ever heard! Why, suppose they ask Rafe to do something he don't know? As my old voice teacher used to say, "A choir without its tenor is like a star without its glimmer." You know who used to say that?
From the very first episode when Barney is made deputy by Andy… The gun was all dusty, the knife was all rusty, 'cause he never caught a crook in his life." Barney: (talking to Andy about the poem) It makes out like I-I-I never wanted to catch crooks - and that just ain't so.
This eliminates long bumpy drives to the site, which disrupt the match dog.
Match high ability hard biting dogs in cold weather this type of match dog exempts large amounts of energy and is more likely to "run hot" or become exhausted.
Go over the rules with the other handler and referee prior to the match. Set up negotiations directly with the person you are matching into.
Do not negotiate through 3rd parties, which causes misunderstandings.