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    I know your initial question was if anyone used...

    I know your initial question was if anyone used these methods, but as highlighted above you did say you thought the system was worth talking about. That's why I offered my observations concerning...
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    Sorry if you're not finding us to be a receptive...

    Sorry if you're not finding us to be a receptive audience. You asked for a discussion of the training method and that's what you're getting.

    I'd like to make a couple of points regarding your...
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    Here's the problem. I doubt if many Lab breeders...

    Here's the problem. I doubt if many Lab breeders here keep a whole litter to train. Also, the pups they train are typically being prepared for standard retriever work in HT's or FT's or waterfowl...
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    Steve, I'm in partial agreement with you. The...

    Steve,

    I'm in partial agreement with you. The dog work on the videos wasn't very impressive. Most decent Labs could do those things with little training. I chalk it up to "Different Strokes for...
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    The embolden above is the truth. Traditional...

    The embolden above is the truth. Traditional retriever trainers interested in field trials, HT's, and waterfowl hunting will probably have little appreciation for or use for such methods. However,...
  6. I've emboldened the comments above because you...

    I've emboldened the comments above because you asked for input on where you're at in your training program. Jake is 4 1/2 months old and weighs 43 lbs. He doesn't appear to be fat, so I'll assume...
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    Sherri, I understand and support your...

    Sherri,

    I understand and support your position. Breeding dogs entails much more than most non-breeders understand and most folks aren't willing to make the commitment. It's a steep learning...
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    I understand your concern about the possibility...

    I understand your concern about the possibility of producing dogs affected with a genetic disease. Let me pose a question. What if there was a dog that perfectly fulfilled your image of the ideal...
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    I just watched a webinar that said researchers...

    I just watched a webinar that said researchers have identified approximately 600,000 genes within the canine genome, yet there are fewer than 100 genetic tests available for autosomal recessive...
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    Jerry S., I understand your concern. A bitch...

    Jerry S.,

    I understand your concern. A bitch I bred was whelped in Jan. 2000. She failed her OFA hip exam and was diagnosed with "Moderate" hip dysplasia. She was a good dog in the field and...
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    No problem. I think it's important for people to...

    No problem. I think it's important for people to understand the facts, whether they pertain to hip dysplasia or global warming. Keeping people ignorant "for their own good" doesn't fly for me. ...
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    Not new knowledge. I took an online class from...

    Not new knowledge. I took an online class from the Institute of Canine Genetics in which it was mentioned, but I couldn't find the source (too much of reading material to search it all tonight!). ...
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    It's very important for breeders to pay close...

    It's very important for breeders to pay close attention to hip clearances when planning a breeding and also for the puppy buyer when looking for a puppy. However, I think it's important to remember...
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    I guess I'm getting old. Back in the late 80's...

    I guess I'm getting old. Back in the late 80's and early 90's I ran quite a few HRC HT's and bitch check was mandatory. When your bitch passed they'd give you a ticket (like the ones they use for...
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    Sharon, What do you use for bedding in the...

    Sharon,

    What do you use for bedding in the barrels? The manufacturer recommends "marsh hay", prairie-grass hay, or some other type of grass hay. About the closest thing I think I can find in...
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    Reassuring to hear the good reviews for Dog Den...

    Reassuring to hear the good reviews for Dog Den 2's. I just bought two for a small kennel expansion. I've used their dog dogs for going on 20 years and they've held up very well. Nothing lasts...
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    BBG, Thanks for the advice! Now I can become...

    BBG,

    Thanks for the advice! Now I can become comatose in only 3 or 4 pages instead of 13!

    Swack
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    .44 Magnum, I caught the first part of this...

    .44 Magnum,

    I caught the first part of this thread early on and page thirteen today. I won't comment about the dog food issue since I haven't read the entire thread. However, let me say this...
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    Lots of good insights, but one point I'd add is...

    Lots of good insights, but one point I'd add is that you should be sure to leave the puppy with its litter long enough to gain his "canine social skills". I got my first male Lab at 6 weeks of age...
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    Sue It's sad that we live in an era where the...

    Sue

    It's sad that we live in an era where the obvious has to be stated and even defended, but that's the case with many issues these days.

    I agree completely with your comments. The Labrador...
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    I had a Harley daughter. Ditto on the marking! ...

    I had a Harley daughter. Ditto on the marking!

    Swack
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    I agree with the above emboldened statement. ...

    I agree with the above emboldened statement. That's part of what irks me about this whole brew-ha-ha. The media set him up and then ran with the story making it bigger than I believe it deserves to...
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    Let's look at this from a slightly different...

    Let's look at this from a slightly different angle. Where was the camera in front of the owner of the winning horse? Didn't that gentleman deserve his 15 seconds of fame?

    The media made the...
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    I hate to give Chrome's co-owner too much grief. ...

    I hate to give Chrome's co-owner too much grief. He'd been on a hell-uv-a ride for the past month. All of the publicity and being in the spotlight for the first time. And then the disappointment...
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    Sharon, Thanks for sharing this story and...

    Sharon,

    Thanks for sharing this story and showing self-control. I'm not sure I would have been able to refrain from showing the boy how it felt to be the one in the corner getting kicked!

    I...
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