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  1. Thread: Gun shy lab

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    Method I used with success was to take my pup to...

    Method I used with success was to take my pup to a local trap and skeet range. Day 1 we stayed in the truck about 100 yards from the line with windows up. I played with him and fed him treats for...
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    Then sometimes, the light turns on

    I've been detailing all the problems and speed bumps I've had trying to FF my poodle in other threads. Long story short: it's been like pulling teeth at every step of the way.

    Today we had our...
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    I'm happy to report that after a long--seemingly...

    I'm happy to report that after a long--seemingly endless--stretch of patience, popping, attempts to bolt, refusals, and, finally, compliance, we've had a few good days of walking fetch in a row using...
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    Thanks for the all the helpful advice. Wouldn't...

    Thanks for the all the helpful advice. Wouldn't have been able to make it this far without all the information and guidance I've found here.

    Continued improvement in the morning session; he's...
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    Dogs are fascinating. We spent a couple of days...

    Dogs are fascinating. We spent a couple of days refreshing collar obedience (his "sit" and "here" are very, very snappy) and "hold," then started back in on FF--from the very beginning--using the...
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    He was snagging it off the ground consistently...

    He was snagging it off the ground consistently before we went to walking fetch, but, backing up a few steps and going back to fetch from the ground without walking can't hurt anything.

    The dog's...
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    Okay, hitting y'all up for some more free advice

    My dog and I just moved into the walking fetch phase of FF today, and he started showing a new quirk I'd like some thoughts on. In our first session of walking fetch, about 1 out of every 3 bumpers...
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    Update: first session today we made the...

    Update: first session today we made the transition to bumper all the way on the ground, without me touching it, and he GOT IT, 5 times out of 5 reps, and he didn't even try to lay down. We're going...
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    Interesting progress here. I started moving the...

    Interesting progress here. I started moving the bumper away slowly while he tries to pick up during the fetch, and that has worked like a charm to stop him from laying down. But over the last few...
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    Won't that get ironed out when we get to walking...

    Won't that get ironed out when we get to walking fetch and stick fetch? Right now my problem is figuring out how to get him to 'fetch' on lower bumpers without him laying down. Tony's idea seems...
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    Just to clarify, I'm guiding him back to sit...

    Just to clarify, I'm guiding him back to sit manually using the three fingers I have under his collar.
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    I sit him, we do a few reps sitting, then I walk...

    I sit him, we do a few reps sitting, then I walk him at heel a few yards, then we stop, sit, do a few more reps, etc. I can hold the bumper out of reach and at "fetch" he'll stand up and step...
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    Laying down to pick up during FF

    I apologize in advance if this has already been covered.; I spent a good while searching on here to find other posts on this topic, but I couldn't find any. .

    I'm working FF with an 18-mo old and...
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    Evan, Your advice is very much appreciated. I...

    Evan,

    Your advice is very much appreciated. I just sent you a responsive pm about the video issue, and apologize for not seeing to that sooner.

    I guess a short answer is that I'm pretty sure...
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    Since so many people have been so generous with...

    Since so many people have been so generous with their time and expertise, I wanted to say thanks, and to post a quick update. I've put the transmitter in the drawer for the time being and I've been...
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    Thank you--this is very helpful. One of the...

    Thank you--this is very helpful. One of the knowledge deficiencies that's hurting me the most right now is not knowing enough about what to look for. re: too much pressure. In the future, I will...
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    Just to reassure some of those who appear to be...

    Just to reassure some of those who appear to be getting overly concerned about my dog:
    (1) the crazy jumping and spinning is not a sign of panic. It's just a really irritating personality quirk of...
  18. Thread: "free money!!!"

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    Always a comfort to be reminded how well spent my...

    Always a comfort to be reminded how well spent my tax dollars are.
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    I think that about hits the nail on the head.

    I think that about hits the nail on the head.
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    Evan, thanks much for the response. I will get...

    Evan, thanks much for the response. I will get some video of our next (third) session.

    I tried again tonight, with my wife helping. Things went much, much better with her help, but the dog's...
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    Thanks for all the great feedback here and over...

    Thanks for all the great feedback here and over PM. It's a little painful to be new, but I'm glad for all the guidance and opinions. It's been suggested that some more background on the dog might...
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    Help--bad first e-collar session with "here"

    Hi--I'm training my first dog (6 mo old) and new to the forum. I've got a ton of questions, and I'm very glad to have found a place with knowledgeable people to ask.

    I am using Smartwork, and...
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