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    Take it from me, when you use the check cord wear...

    Take it from me, when you use the check cord wear gloves and make sure that you have a good stable stance. Don't get discouraged...it takes some practice to get the timing right. But works very...
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    The calm self that normally inhabits my training...

    The calm self that normally inhabits my training body flies out the window and is replaced by insane screaming demon any time turd eating is demonstrated. The same thing happen when selective...
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    How long do ecollars last?

    I have a Dogtra NCP202 that is ~10 years old. I did not use it much at all until this summer when I began training Toby. On Monday it quit working even though it was fully charged. Today I used a...
  4. Clicker/marker training combined with traditional...

    Clicker/marker training combined with traditional training can yield awesome results. What is fascinating to me about this entire spectacle is that Gary is being raked over the coals by the purely...
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    If I wanted a lab...and I do someday...I'd be...

    If I wanted a lab...and I do someday...I'd be attending every field trial and hunt test I could to watch all the dogs. Then I would make my decision based upon personal observation. Sometimes the...
  6. Michael Ellis has a true gift in that he can...

    Michael Ellis has a true gift in that he can explain dog training in very simple terms. He is an excellent teacher. I've met him once and he was very nice, humble, and helpful. I guess I could...
  7. Michael Ellis training a lab for field?

    A couple of months ago I read on RTF a rumor that Michael Ellis was experimenting with training a lab for field work. Does anyone know if that was true and what happened? Would love to know more.
  8. For retriever training this is my go to spot for...

    For retriever training this is my go to spot for checking credentials: http://www.retrieverresults.com/

    For obedience trainers, this is my go to spot: http://www.dogshowscores.com/

    Before I...
  9. This is the quote from the blog post that made my...

    This is the quote from the blog post that made my blood boil:

    "Likewise, anyone who has trained a working dog realizes that there isn’t any treat in the world that will stop a Jack Russell from...
  10. Interesting blog post from clicker training pioneer.....

    http://clickandtreat.com/wordpress/?p=884

    Although I've long understood the deficiences in the purely positive approach, I am surprised by the level of deceit by the "founder". There is nothing...
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    A method that I heard recently but have not used...

    A method that I heard recently but have not used is to use a stick and tap the ground in front of the puppy's toes to push them back. I did test drive it once with Toby and it seemed to be very...
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    Welcome. Beware, it is addictive. Best and...

    Welcome. Beware, it is addictive. Best and shortest advice I've heard...

    1) Lardy
    2) Tri-tronics
    3) Yes, you do need to force fetch
    4) Pro-plan

    Can't remember who said this, but it is...
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    I dealt with this very successfully with Toby by...

    I dealt with this very successfully with Toby by putting him in his crate when he got bitey. When he got tired and fussy he always started biting. I didn't make a big deal of it, just picked him...
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    I would have taken the card and asked her... ...

    I would have taken the card and asked her...

    How many Master Hunter legs has your Golden Retriever earned? How many OTCH points? How many derby points? How many all age points?

    She wouldn't...
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    I haven't forgotten about it. I am still...

    I haven't forgotten about it. I am still seething. I've decided that I will send in Toby's UKC registration.
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    Wow Tim! That makes me feel very hopeful to hear...

    Wow Tim! That makes me feel very hopeful to hear you say that you trained successful dogs while working primarily by yourself doing stand alones. I really do love to train by myself...it is very...
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    Jim, when you say "remote line setups", do you...

    Jim, when you say "remote line setups", do you mean that you leave the dog sitting, go out in the field yourself and throw the birds, then return to your dog and send him?

    I've been training...
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    Well it hasn't died out with me. Here is a...

    Well it hasn't died out with me. Here is a response from Leerburg which you will find interesting:
    http://leerburg.com/flix/player.php/1150/

    and a second one today on Facebook:
    ...
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    A very wise friend suggested that we share our...

    A very wise friend suggested that we share our opinions on the AKC Facebook page as well...

    https://www.facebook.com/AmericanKennelClub

    I posted my letter there.
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    I just sent the following email to these people...

    I just sent the following email to these people at the AKC: jdm@akc.org, dvl@akc.org, pcm@akc.org, dbs@akc.org, gml@akc.org

    "As an owner of 4 dogs who have competed in AKC performance events for...
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    Two Force To Pile Questions

    I am following the Lardy DVD method. We've been working on FTP for about a week. It is going well. Normally he drives very hard in a straight line to the pile. Last night on a remote send (right...
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    Great discussion! Soaking it all in!

    Great discussion! Soaking it all in!
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    I will go to a Lardy seminar as soon as possible....

    I will go to a Lardy seminar as soon as possible. I am a very good student. My flaws are that I am overly obsessive and too competitive. This has caused me to have some problems with dogs burning...
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    I can throw a duck and I live near Cincinnati OH....

    I can throw a duck and I live near Cincinnati OH. Would love to get together with people already competing in field trials for the day to train. We are working on FTP currently and are making good...
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    you are 100 % correct. Thank you.

    you are 100 % correct. Thank you.
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