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    I'd recommend the dog either go to a good pro, or...

    I'd recommend the dog either go to a good pro, or the dog get evaluated by someone with more dog savvy than the owner or OP, no offense to either of them.

    It's not possible to say without seeing...
  2. Thread: Sit or Stay

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    Just because many of you only do field work and...

    Just because many of you only do field work and have never encountered a situation where "stay" or "wait" clarifies, rather than confuses the command, does not mean they are not appropriate commands...
  3. Urinary tract infections are fairly common in...

    Urinary tract infections are fairly common in female puppies... I'd strongly recommend talking to your vet tomorrow and taking the pup and/or a urine sample in.
  4. Thread: Sit or Stay

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    Depends what you're doing with it. "Sit" by...

    Depends what you're doing with it. "Sit" by itself works pretty well for my field work. I use "sit", "stay" and "wait" in obedience. They are absolutely not interchangeable.
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    Unlike most posters apparently... I work 10-12...

    Unlike most posters apparently... I work 10-12 hour days and can occasionally get a lunch break, but not consistently. Spring and fall I'll occasionally bring a dog or two to work with me. Winter,...
  6. Thread: Force Fetch?

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    I FF all my dogs, including the Aussie who only...

    I FF all my dogs, including the Aussie who only does obedience work. I expect enthusiastic involvement, obedience, and a solid work ethic from all my dogs. Definitely find a different training group...
  7. Nice grounds but hot.

    Nice grounds but hot.
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    If she checks out OK on a physical exam and sits...

    If she checks out OK on a physical exam and sits normally in her kennel or at the line... try working on heel and building forward momentum (less stops, walk big circles, use treats to encourage her...
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    How does she sit in her kennel? That should...

    How does she sit in her kennel?

    That should help decide if it's related to her conformation or a learned behavior. It's hard to FF without a sit... so who knows what bad habits she picked up in...
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    On the topic of titers... Just remember that...

    On the topic of titers... Just remember that presence of a titer does not ensure immunity anymore than absence of an elevated titer means lack of protection. And any protective titer can be...
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    Just put the food down and leave him alone. Food...

    Just put the food down and leave him alone. Food is something that happens, 2 or 3 times a day, it's going to happen several thousand times over his life. Don't make an issue out of it.
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    I'd be more interested in her body condition...

    I'd be more interested in her body condition score than actual pounds of body weight.

    Here's a chart.... http://wbanimalhospital.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Pet-Chart.jpg

    It's a little...
  13. I agree the owners are at fault, but I wouldn't...

    I agree the owners are at fault, but I wouldn't give a second chance to a dog that has proven to bite. A guarding breed that has been around people should be able to tell the difference between a...
  14. Euthanized immediately.... I haven't figured out...

    Euthanized immediately.... I haven't figured out why the clueless owner was given any other option.

    And under no circumstances should the dog be rehomed to a "ranch" - do people think farms and...
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    There's two different types of tapeworms dogs...

    There's two different types of tapeworms dogs pick up... Dipylidium caninum, the flea tapeworm, and Taenia pisiformis, the rabbit tapeworm.

    Deworming with praziquantel will get rid of both types,...
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    Leave the pup at home. I'd suggest showing up...

    Leave the pup at home. I'd suggest showing up when it starts so you're not driving through areas where dogs are waiting or running... I'll check the premium or maybe someone else on here will copy...
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    Marc- there's plenty of good trainers in your...

    Marc- there's plenty of good trainers in your area. There's a hunt test this weekend in Fruitland, I won't be there but plenty of other people will. I'd strongly recommend attending and meeting some...
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    Also.... socialization is not a race to see how...

    Also.... socialization is not a race to see how many new dogs he can be introduced to by 16 weeks of age. One well mannered canine citizen as an occasional playmate is sufficient. My youngest pup had...
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    Where in Idaho? I never go to dog parks....

    Where in Idaho?

    I never go to dog parks. Disease risk, poorly mannered dogs and rude, clueless owners, inability to control the situation (meaning correct socialization is good, bad socialization...
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    Would you describe him as lethargic, or just...

    Would you describe him as lethargic, or just that's he's not interested in retrieving? Any chance he actually needs to be checked for a medical problem?
  21. I'd visit a vet... and if she hasn't already had...

    I'd visit a vet... and if she hasn't already had hip xrays for OFA with a "normal" diagnosis, I'd put that on the agenda for the the trip as well. There's plenty of possible causes for lower back...
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    Agree with Nate. And agriculture gets blamed for...

    Agree with Nate. And agriculture gets blamed for antibiotic resistance.... *shaking head*

    Figure out why the pup is having problems and you might not have to have him on any antibiotics.
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    Where are you located? Maybe someone is near you...

    Where are you located? Maybe someone is near you and/or can direct you to a club.
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    Thanks for the input... this has given me a lot...

    Thanks for the input... this has given me a lot to think about! I'm sure next week I'll have more questions after training.
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    Blinds and cast refusals

    What do you do, in training, when a cast refusal on a blind puts the dog in a position where a different cast would be the best way to get the dog to the bird?

    For instance... dog is given a left...
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