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  1. IF (and only if) you know how to check for...

    IF (and only if) you know how to check for dehydration and your puppy is well hydrated, you can leave your puppy home and take a fecal sample to your vet. That way you don't have to wait for an...
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    Everyone here is wrong. The reason you can't...

    Everyone here is wrong. The reason you can't become a breeder is that you bought the wrong animal. You need a bitch to be a breeder.

    (Actually, the advice on quality and health clearances and...
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    Congratulations and well done! Amy Dahl

    Congratulations and well done!

    Amy Dahl
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    Good they are not giving up. I'm sending all the...

    Good they are not giving up. I'm sending all the good thoughts your way that I can muster--keep checking this thread and hoping for the best.

    Amy Dahl
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    "Ever"? Yes, of course. The North American...

    "Ever"?

    Yes, of course. The North American field trial sport started with imported British Labs.

    The first example I found with a little poking around is Nelgard's
    Counter Point, listed...
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    Sometimes when the level is too high for a...

    Sometimes when the level is too high for a particular dog they appear not to react. The recommended procedure of starting at a very low level and watching for a reaction is a good one.

    Amy Dahl
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    Any time you see this blatant propaganda it's a...

    Any time you see this blatant propaganda it's a tipoff that the website, retailer, etc. has no credibility. The AAFCO definition for chicken by-product meal describes it as mostly smooth muscle,...
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    I have experience with exactly one Lab that I...

    I have experience with exactly one Lab that I trained both before and after he was neutered as an adult. His owners decided to neuter because of a problem with aggression toward people. As far as...
  9. Take a look at the book "Mine" by Jean Donaldson....

    Take a look at the book "Mine" by Jean Donaldson. Informative source on resource guarding/possessive behavior.

    Amy Dahl
  10. Agree wholeheartedly! I am in the process of...

    Agree wholeheartedly!

    I am in the process of taking in a rescue dog who is being given up partly because the advice of a "trainer" failed.
    The "trainer" advised the owner to put an e-collar on...
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    I like the black Lab idea. Tell her to take up...

    I like the black Lab idea. Tell her to take up obedience training as a hobby and keep at it until the dog is well trained. A dog that obeys its owner is a deterrent to a lot of people. If she gets...
  12. Thread: Victor Dog Food

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    When Diamond had problems with aflatoxin...

    When Diamond had problems with aflatoxin contamination, I read an explanation of testing (and occurrence) that made it sound difficult to prevent. Avoiding corn seems like a solution.

    I have...
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    Thanks Sharon :) I forgot to say, praise will...

    Thanks Sharon :) I forgot to say, praise will become very important, even though you feel it isn't now. For most Chesapeakes, having their effort acknowledged is BIG motivation.

    Amy Dahl
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    Nate, the typical Chesapeake learning process is...

    Nate, the typical Chesapeake learning process is a bit different from the typical Lab. Chesapeakes are aware of and are critics of the learning process. While adding an exercise or command to their...
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    I know it looks this way to you now, but your...

    I know it looks this way to you now, but your Chesapeake has the potential to bond with you in a way that will probably surpass anything you and your husband have known.

    I strongly encourage you...
  16. Great info; thanks for posting. Amy Dahl

    Great info; thanks for posting.

    Amy Dahl
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    They're cute…but boy, they make me feel like a...

    They're cute…but boy, they make me feel like a historical relic.

    Remember Dick Tracy and his gadgets? Didn't you want a two-way wrist radio? We're 'way past that now.

    Amy Dahl
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    What are your goals for this dog? You've hunted...

    What are your goals for this dog? You've hunted with her one season; is she to be primarily a hunting dog? If so water force may not need to be a make-or-break issue. Many dogs can be brought to a...
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    Ours could never make it through a training...

    Ours could never make it through a training session without malfunctioning. Paid over $50 to ship it back, received it again with the same problem. Was instructed to open up the case and strike the...
  20. Thread: Scenario

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    Didn't really say "what I would do." In real...

    Didn't really say "what I would do." In real life I rarely seem to do what I say I would in a scenario, so here's what I've done in the past.

    Order a thorough veterinary workup. My friend who...
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    Darrin, If you're not familiar with "Mine!" by...

    Darrin,

    If you're not familiar with "Mine!" by Jean Donaldson, you might take a look. There's a lot of good information in there about resource guarding.

    My understanding is that the tendency...
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    I received an interesting link via private email....

    I received an interesting link via private email. The blog post at the link claims that the Army never claimed the stated results and that the Super Dog program was abandoned. I note that Dr....
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    Use the keywords "early neural stimulation." ...

    Use the keywords "early neural stimulation."

    I haven't been able to trace to the original research paper, but I think everyone does pretty much the same thing.

    Amy Dahl
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    For all of you who are suggesting that the...

    For all of you who are suggesting that the trainer is incompetent, I'd like to ask you to consider:

    This trainer trained the OP's first dog

    The trainer is upfront about the fact that training...
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    I'll be interested if you come up with anything. ...

    I'll be interested if you come up with anything. I haven't had a chance to follow up on the research suggestions, having been pretty busy nursing this dog, but I intend to. I hope to get an idea of...
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