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    Yes, yes, yes. Can't add to that.

    Yes, yes, yes.

    Can't add to that.
  2. As mentioned before - this is normal for an...

    As mentioned before - this is normal for an inexperienced pup - and of course it's fixable. (This coming from someone who started training the last three dogs at 12 months, 22 months, and 18 months.)...
  3. All of this post is excellent - but especially...

    All of this post is excellent - but especially the underlined part. Stopping in a (sit/down/stand) is not a complicated request for the dog, but so many people don't maintain good standards and then...
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    I took them off on the last litter.... mostly...

    I took them off on the last litter.... mostly because I felt buyers expected it. I did leave dewclaws on one puppy going to a search/rescue type home, which meant that their puppy was picked for them...
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    Thanks Erin and Kim! On a side note - talked...

    Thanks Erin and Kim!

    On a side note - talked to the Pet Plan people again - the Gold Plan death by illness/injury coverage does not apply to dogs you bred and own, because you don't have a receipt...
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    So PetPlan does cover reproductive related...

    So PetPlan does cover reproductive related expenses like emergency csections? I called them the other day and they insisted they didn't. Was I talking to a clueless new salesman, or...?
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    I'd expect them to bark, growl, hackles up, my...

    I'd expect them to bark, growl, hackles up, my Aussie would probably bite if they didn't take the hint and get out. The Labs I don't think would bite.

    I live alone, I expect the dogs to behave...
  8. A dog should always have a release word - unless...

    A dog should always have a release word - unless you anticipate the dog never needing to do ___ (fill in the blank) for longer than 5 seconds between the command and the next one. I have far more...
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    Since owning an Aussie my perspective on...

    Since owning an Aussie my perspective on protectiveness and aggression has changed... I didn't read the entire thread, just first and last couple pages, 18 is a little much. My quick thoughts -
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  10. JMO, but... if he's old enough to understand that...

    JMO, but... if he's old enough to understand that barking gets him out, he's old enough to learn barking has consequences. The behavior may decrease with time but the concept of barking isn't...
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    I can't come up with any physiological reason the...

    I can't come up with any physiological reason the two would be related... remember correlation does not necessarily equal causation... I'd be looking for other, commonly known, causes of seizures...
  12. Thread: Gdg gas gdg

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    1.92 Twin Falls Idaho on Monday.

    1.92 Twin Falls Idaho on Monday.
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    Thanks for all the PMs and replies! Definitely...

    Thanks for all the PMs and replies! Definitely appreciate it and have passed on the information.
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    I like my pups to sit before meals... doesn't...

    I like my pups to sit before meals... doesn't matter with the older dogs who could take it or leave it... but a pup is so food oriented it's pretty simple to teach some self control. Release on their...
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    Trainer suggestions in the PNW area?

    Looking for suggestions for trainers in the Washington, maybe northern Oregon area. I've got a pup maybe headed that way and the owners want to send it to someone in the future for a solid...
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    Just like you don't need to meet everyone you...

    Just like you don't need to meet everyone you pass in Walmart, your dog doesn't need to meet other dogs he passes. Your dog's reaction will always be a combination of training and what you allow. I...
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    Definitely genetic - don't breed him. A...

    Definitely genetic - don't breed him.

    A retained testicle wouldn't worry me enough to neuter him in the next 6 months, maybe more. They do tend to become cancerous with time, but seriously, pup...
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    Depends on the year, the dogs and what they're...

    Depends on the year, the dogs and what they're ready for... two double header AKC weekends and four weekends of AKC obed. trials this year, and we didn't start until June. Next year should be more as...
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    I've used them before - good service and good...

    I've used them before - good service and good selection.
  20. Other than that sit stays are usually boring and...

    Other than that sit stays are usually boring and time consuming for the handler.... nothing wrong with practice. With a green dog I'd rather do lots of short stays to condition the concept than one...
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    Depends where you keep it... and possibly the...

    Depends where you keep it... and possibly the quality and type of food. When I just had one dog with me, a picky 50lb Aussie, a 35lb bag of proplan sport would last 2 months. Never had any issues...
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    Try walking faster... and you've got to be more...

    Try walking faster... and you've got to be more interesting than the grass. Part of it's age/maturity, part of it's the handler.
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    Depends what kind of vet you are looking for......

    Depends what kind of vet you are looking for... any vet can do vaccinations and deworming. Acker is really good at orthopedic or other specialized surgery, hopefully something you don't need for your...
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    Treat a soft dog like he can't handle pressure,...

    Treat a soft dog like he can't handle pressure, and he'll never be able to.

    Low drive is a different issue and you and your dog may benefit from some lessons or time with good trainers that will...
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    Young pup, you don't need private lessons. Find a...

    Young pup, you don't need private lessons. Find a group obedience class if you feel like taking classes.

    I've only taken a couple lessons - typically I pay about $50-60 for an hour private lesson...
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