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Old dogs learn new tricks

Updated: April 4, 2005, 5:13 PM ET
By Steve Wright | Great Outdoor Games staff — July 7, 2004

MADISON, Wis. — Eight-year-old Labrador retriever Achilles proved you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, during Wednesday's ESPN Great Outdoor Games Retriever Trial, Achilles and handler J. Paul Jackson showed it might be easier to teach an old dog new tricks.

The "new trick" in this year's competition was a "diving duck" retrieve. It was a simulation of what a dog often faces in duck hunting, when a wounded duck will dive to avoid the dog.

But in the final round of the ...

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