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    My email is rushcreekpress@aol.com Evan

    My email is rushcreekpress@aol.com

    Evan
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    I submit you won't be done with de-cheating ever....

    I submit you won't be done with de-cheating ever. That will not only take a lot more development, but a lifetime of maintenance as well.

    Evan
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    I think there are many trainers who tend to try...

    I think there are many trainers who tend to try to do too much with pattern blinds. Their best use is just to get early transitional dogs used to going on non-falls, acknowledging cues, setting up to...
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    That's a solid suggestion. Pay close attention to...

    That's a solid suggestion. Pay close attention to your dog. FF is a conditioning process, and a well FF'd dog will be drawn to a fetch object like iron to a magnet. It's not that you simply acquire...
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    Had both, and was pleased with both. I prefer...

    Had both, and was pleased with both. I prefer Ainley workmanship.

    Evan
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    I agree. I have yet to see a handler yell "No!"...

    I agree. I have yet to see a handler yell "No!" at a working dog and see that dog reappear in the following series. For future reference, do the best and cleanest job on the test you can and let the...
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    Pick terms you're comfortable with. Dogs don't...

    Pick terms you're comfortable with. Dogs don't speak English. Just be consistent.

    Evan
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    Agreed. The better judges I recall instructing on...

    Agreed. The better judges I recall instructing on such a shoreline blind simply directed the handlers to look at the blind. You can see the line. Run the blind. If a judge placed factors in the route...
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    Got it! :D Evan

    Got it! :D

    Evan
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    Here's a link to a brief description of it. ...

    Here's a link to a brief description of it.

    https://www.facebook.com/evan.graham.547

    Evan
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    How developed is your dog...how far in training?...

    How developed is your dog...how far in training? What training have your done so far. Without knowing that it's tough to know what to fairly suggest.

    Evan
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    If you don't know how to use a heeling stick,...

    If you don't know how to use a heeling stick, don't abandon such a wonderful tool, learn about it and keep it with you all the time. It's not complicated, and is great for pressure conditioning and...
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    I assume you mean "Wolters". Walters (D.L.) was a...

    I assume you mean "Wolters". Walters (D.L.) was a Hall of Fame trainer. Very different.

    Evan
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    "There is little reason to expect a dog to be...

    "There is little reason to expect a dog to be more precise that you are." Rex Carr

    If you want a skill to be there and intact when you need it, use it in training.

    Evan
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    I train two sided. The ability to use "push/pull"...

    I train two sided. The ability to use "push/pull" online as a handler is more effectively used with a dog that can easily be put on the side that offers the best strategic advantages.

    Evan
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    To each his/her own, but in over 36 years of...

    To each his/her own, but in over 36 years of training I've never required a dog to hold for more than perhaps 3 or 4 minutes at a time during the training of that command. Get them moving if you...
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    Stick with Lardy over Akin. It's a far better and...

    Stick with Lardy over Akin. It's a far better and more sequential program.

    Evan
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    Yes. If you're following a solid modern program...

    Yes. If you're following a solid modern program that's how it will direct you to progress. "Hold" is just the first step following formalized obedience. If you have not formalized obedience, do that...
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    Good points Cary. Some folks just naturally rebel...

    Good points Cary. Some folks just naturally rebel against rules...any rules, even when it's a sport like this that they go to great time, trouble, and expense to participate in. Clothing has been an...
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    In my opinion, you were not wrong for throwing...

    In my opinion, you were not wrong for throwing marks after training "hold". But once you saw this reaction you were asking for trouble by continuing to throw marks until you were well along with the...
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    Even in this information age some terms aren't...

    Even in this information age some terms aren't understood in their true up to date context. One such term is "basics". Taking this dog through basics stands a better chance helping him than hurting...
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    Pay special attention to that section on...

    Pay special attention to that section on formalizing obedience. You've asked a reasonable question, and that section will address it as it should be addressed. The short answer is "No", but there is...
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    I assume you're following only the DVD? Evan

    I assume you're following only the DVD?

    Evan
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    Good! Remember, what's important is how it sounds...

    Good! Remember, what's important is how it sounds to the dog. Does it have the effect praise should have...to brighten the dog's affect? If so you're getting it.

    Evan
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    I don't see wrong praise (whatever that may be)....

    I don't see wrong praise (whatever that may be). I'm just not "feelin' it", and so probably isn't the dog, at least not adequately. Just keep practicing. When I'm working on this with people at my...
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