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    Much depends on the temperament of the older dog....

    Much depends on the temperament of the older dog. Pups love to nip older dogs in their faces and ears, and many older dogs don't want or can't handle the boundless energy of puppies.

    I have a ten...
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    I'm mostly happy with mine. Had to buy an...

    I'm mostly happy with mine. Had to buy an extension cord because the one that came with it was way to short to connect to my launcher. Biggest problem I have encountered, and it's probably intrinisic...
  3. Amen, Steve.

    Amen, Steve.
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    Sorry for being ambiguous: I meant to say it's...

    Sorry for being ambiguous: I meant to say it's random draw.
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    Which, by the way, is the system used to control...

    Which, by the way, is the system used to control entries in AKC tracking events. Similar problems: small clubs, tests need a lot of land. Typically only enough space for 4 or 5 tracks but often 15 or...
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    Another way to think about it (and similar to...

    Another way to think about it (and similar to what Dennis was saying) is to do your group training by following a curriculum of concepts. When I started to train with the Lab Club of Greater Boston...
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    Like others have mentioned, there seems to be a...

    Like others have mentioned, there seems to be a quality problem with the valves. I bought 12, a few weeks later all but two had lost their valves. And no, my dogs are NOT chewing the bumpers. I use...
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    I see a lot of people do this (put on prong...

    I see a lot of people do this (put on prong collar by opening the collar). Easiest, no-fuss way is to flip over the collar so the prongs face outward, slip it on, flip over again. Voila!
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    My old dog is severely arthritic in all joints....

    My old dog is severely arthritic in all joints. Started with Rimadyl then switched to Metacam. Tried Adequan, which worked fine the first few injections but then seemed to lose its effect. Also tried...
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    You didn't say what computer platform you're...

    You didn't say what computer platform you're using. When I trained with Pat Burns this summer, he used an iPad to take pictures of setups and draw diagrams. The software he recommended is called...
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    Jump starter power pack and starter cables....

    Jump starter power pack and starter cables. Rope/chain in case you're stuck and need to be pulled out.
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    I also have the Golden Lakes reversible quilted...

    I also have the Golden Lakes reversible quilted jacket. Great cold weather gear. Definitely on the bigger side but that's great for layering. Quality is very good but after a few years some of the...
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    I have all-white, all-black, and black and white...

    I have all-white, all-black, and black and white bumpers on my truck. Most of the time I use black and whites, but switch to all white or all black based on background to make sure dogs can see the...
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    There are at least a couple of previous threads...

    There are at least a couple of previous threads on this topic, e.g., www.retrievertraining.net/forums/showthread.php?72162-Tri-Tronics-Tracer-light. Mixed experiences. Mine was horrible (see link).
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    I don't really think it applies in this case but...

    I don't really think it applies in this case but I should mention that it might also be a hormonal issue.

    One of my labs has had a wonderful hunt test career but I almost declared her a washout in...
  16. As dogguy438 said, make sure she knows what's...

    As dogguy438 said, make sure she knows what's expected before you use collar to reinforce learned behavior. Does she sit on the way to the pile? Momentum going away from you is easier to break than...
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    Had the same problem with some brands. Cheddite...

    Had the same problem with some brands. Cheddite has worked for me consistently (1000+).
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    Golden Lakes has my vote, too. I have their white...

    Golden Lakes has my vote, too. I have their white and black mesh jackets, you can't beat them when it's warm. Also have a reversible black/white quilted jacket, which is great when it's cold. Just...
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    One of my lab had it when she was about 3. Vet...

    One of my lab had it when she was about 3. Vet suspected it was caused by some physical force when she tripped on a mark and took a bad fall. It was scary as hell to see her eye basically close up...
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    In fact, I had the cops stop by and check me out...

    In fact, I had the cops stop by and check me out because neighbors of the field on which I was training mistook the noise of the pouch/band mechanism for gun shots...
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    By and large I like the new system but miss the D...

    By and large I like the new system but miss the D ring on the collar. I had nothing but problems with the old tracer lights, the inbuilt ones in the new systems work flawlessly.

    My major complaint...
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    Thanks, Laura, this is actually the first new and...

    Thanks, Laura, this is actually the first new and original idea I have heard on this topic in quite a while. Very intriguing. This offers a creative way to address the resource constrains (people or...
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    Thanks Paul. Very useful, specifically the part...

    Thanks Paul. Very useful, specifically the part about flint.
  24. Bill Hillmann Training Seminar September 14 and 15, Danielson, CT

    We still have openings for the retriever training seminar with Bill Hillmann on September 14 and 15 in Danielson, CT, hosted by the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston.

    Please see...
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    Turns out, Tom *does* have the Breezy in black!

    Turns out, Tom *does* have the Breezy in black!
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