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    Truer words were never spoken. I found out - as...

    Truer words were never spoken. I found out - as I was headed to the line in my first JH test with a dog that looked like mine but that I had never really seen or had to deal with before - that just...
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    I'm not a very good handler at all, but I have a...

    I'm not a very good handler at all, but I have a fast dog who is liable to go independent on me, so I am trying to learn to do the following:

    1. Look at the blind, watch a couple dogs run if I...
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    Mine too, but I am just happy to have this...

    Mine too, but I am just happy to have this situation to be described.
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    If you are where you can reach him, maybe reach...

    If you are where you can reach him, maybe reach under his backside and lift him up a little to get him started and let him see what it feels like to swim "right". That might be all it takes to get...
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    You have some good advice to follow here. One is...

    You have some good advice to follow here. One is that dogs are situational learners, so you do need to switch it up and train in some different places every now and then. Most importantly, learn to...
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    I wouldn't think you would have a problem by...

    I wouldn't think you would have a problem by having a call name that rhymes with back because the end result is the same - both mean take off. You might argue that it allows for confusion on who is...
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    Thanks Richard. We were all thinking it too.

    Thanks Richard. We were all thinking it too.
  8. Looking for updates on Ranger pups. PM me if you...

    Looking for updates on Ranger pups. PM me if you would rather do it that way.
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    I received an even older model (still had to be...

    I received an even older model (still had to be turned on with the transmitter instead of the collar) that had not been charged for some time and that was doing something similar. I talked to the...
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    I do because mine is prone to ear infections. I...

    I do because mine is prone to ear infections. I use purple stuff, and you should be able to find the ingredients and proportions with a search of this website. I think it is witch hazel, gentian...
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    Sometimes ignorance really is bliss, isn't it? ...

    Sometimes ignorance really is bliss, isn't it?

    Get the best pup out of the best breeding you can afford, and set about training the dog (really yourself) to be all that dog can be. I have a crazy...
  12. Good idea. If you do let the pup out of the...

    Good idea. If you do let the pup out of the crate at, say, 2:30 AM, you should probably put your pants on first. Having your foot peed on at that time of the AM is not funny until MUCH later in the...
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    As you know in my case, this is a good rule to be...

    As you know in my case, this is a good rule to be able to use. I am also probably exploring the outer limits of "quietly" at times.
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    Same goes for most training groups as well. It's...

    Same goes for most training groups as well. It's like somebody told me about going to Paris several years ago. Learn a few French phrases and use them. You'll be so bad they will switch to English...
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    William, my dog Jimmy had to be neutered to play...

    William, my dog Jimmy had to be neutered to play the hunt test games. I did a LOT of research and came to the conclusion that I would wait until he was about 2 because that seemed to be the...
  16. Amen and amen. Get in front of something (like a...

    Amen and amen. Get in front of something (like a fence, as Kwick and DeWayne pointed out above) that will make him slow down - almost like it was his idea to start with and he is deciding to do it...
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    This is what Rorem specifically talks about. Do...

    This is what Rorem specifically talks about. Do the same thing to get to the line that you would in a test/trial. You can always put the collar on once you get the dog on the mat.
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    The dogs naturally want to look at the live...

    The dogs naturally want to look at the live flyer, sometimes to the exclusion of another tougher bird that they really need to get a good look at. Sometimes you block the dog from the live flyer on...
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    I hear you on that. It was a lot more exciting...

    I hear you on that. It was a lot more exciting to teach three-handed casting and watch the dog learn before my eyes, but my first time to the line in JH was a real eye-opener. If a dog can't sit...
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    Lots of cups of coffee, reading the paper, and...

    Lots of cups of coffee, reading the paper, and otherwise just sitting in holding blinds where nothing else happens did the trick for us. It's pretty boring, but as Darrin mentioned you have to...
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    There's a reason February is called "rehab month"...

    There's a reason February is called "rehab month" in my area, and this is it (duck season ends the last of January). There's no orange ribbon or flag marking the blind retrieves in a hunting...
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    I would agree with everything Dustin (dgengr)...

    I would agree with everything Dustin (dgengr) said except maybe not worrying about steadiness. I wish, given the high-powered dog I have, that I would have walked off the line a couple times in Jr...
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    In this area (only one I have any knowledge of)...

    In this area (only one I have any knowledge of) it is pretty common for the pro to want his bird throwers to throw rather than teaching you how to be a bird thrower, particularly with younger dogs...
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    Every time. Was a real eye-opener the first time...

    Every time. Was a real eye-opener the first time I walked to the line in JH.
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    I have a dog like this as my first dog (the dog...

    I have a dog like this as my first dog (the dog in my avatar), and it can absolutely be overwhelming at times. I can't tell you how many times I told my wife I was going to give him away and start...
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