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    General rule for putting young dogs in water is...

    General rule for putting young dogs in water is that it has to be warm enough for the handler to stand in it up above their knees for three to five minutes (or get a thermometer such as used in...
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    Never, or it least hardly ever, use the...

    Never, or it least hardly ever, use the continuous function. When Mike uses the word continuous in his articles and DVDs --- he explains that continuous is less than a second and usually only half...
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    Look at Total Retriever flow chart at...

    Look at Total Retriever flow chart at http://totalretriever.com/images/FlowChartDownload.pdf It is free.
    Then also look at Mike's article manuals and buy the set of four on sale now. It is...
  4. Just for fun :-) When my NFC FC AFC was a...

    Just for fun :-)
    When my NFC FC AFC was a pup --- it was cold in Wisconsin. He arrived from Texas on a plane in October. I had planned on him learning about water later. One day he was...
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    Earl Dillow has excellent suggestions. He is a...

    Earl Dillow has excellent suggestions. He is a successful sensible effective trainer.
    What is in the earlier post showing the picture of the dog pulling is just teaching the dog to pull. Has...
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    One more voice about chocolates ---note the two...

    One more voice about chocolates ---note the two in my signature below. There is a chocolate youngster here that I just went for a walk with whose father (frozen semen) is my NFC AFC and mother is...
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    No one has asked if the dog has first been taught...

    No one has asked if the dog has first been taught hold thoroughly ???? Seems to me that going back a few steps might be a good idea.

    And --- having someone experienced watch the process might...
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    Keep him where he is used to living and sleeping....

    Keep him where he is used to living and sleeping. Training starts the day they arrive in your house and goes on forever. Perhaps you are defining training in some different way than I am. From...
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    Four calendar months is about the same ----- at 4...

    Four calendar months is about the same ----- at 4 and a fraction weeks in a month..... four calendar months is still a baby and all my same comments apply.
    This is still a very young dog just...
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    Sixteen weeks old is still a baby. Take your...

    Sixteen weeks old is still a baby. Take your time.
    It is very early to run her off a launcher IMO. At this age it is better to have people out there at the stations.
    Keep it fun and...
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    Additionally to other comments ---do not put him...

    Additionally to other comments ---do not put him away before thoroughly washing the salt-water off the dog. You have to have it washed off or the dog will likely end up with itching and...
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    Go to Mike Lardy's E-Collar DVD. The first 15...

    Go to Mike Lardy's E-Collar DVD. The first 15 minutes or so of it demonstrates the obedience levels a dog should be at before a dog is collar-conditioned. Skill level is more important than age. ...
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    Go to the EIC website at University of Minnesota ...

    Go to the EIC website at University of Minnesota and you get a form you can fill in with directions as to what to do
    Go to CNM www.labradorcnm.com and you will find how to get the CNM clearances...
  14. It is because dogs can't see orange very well at...

    It is because dogs can't see orange very well at all. It is why orange is used for dogs that are doing blinds ---- so they don't just run to the white object but are actually handled to the right...
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    Another vote for Katie and Move the Dog --- link...

    Another vote for Katie and Move the Dog --- link earlier by someone else.
    She brought my pup to me 1000 miles --- Dallas TX to Thomasville GA . It slept with her in her bed in a motel on the way....
  16. As said above by Susan Exo: It is well worth...

    As said above by Susan Exo: It is well worth everyone's time to meet Dr. Jennell Appel, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Specialist. She offers excellent suggestions for keeping your dogs in...
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    Do some shopping. Go and watch training where...

    Do some shopping. Go and watch training where you are considering choices. Talk to some of the current clients. Discuss your goals with the trainer and see what they say about programs and...
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    I interviewed Vern Weber a long time ago for an...

    I interviewed Vern Weber a long time ago for an article on how white coats emerged. IMO it has the most accurate information from a person who was part of what was happening at the time white coats...
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    Something might be off with your timing. Hard to...

    Something might be off with your timing. Hard to tell exactly what is happening. It should not take ten days for your first successful lesson although time can vary. Find a local person who has a...
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    To Trifecta I checked our records and there is...

    To Trifecta

    I checked our records and there is nothing in our records from the name "trifecta" as having submitted a dog for CNM analysis in the last couple years.. I did a search the last time...
  21. If you want to write me personally I am happy to...

    If you want to write me personally I am happy to give you some suggestions. I built my ponds starting in 1992 in mid-Wisconsin (near Oshkosh area) and finished eventually six varied pieces of...
  22. Ken and Brenda I know how close you are to all...

    Ken and Brenda

    I know how close you are to all your dogs. They are family members for you ---- not just there for competition. The two of you provided a wonderful loving life for Windy as you...
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    Just a quick thought. it may or may not be...

    Just a quick thought. it may or may not be relevant as i have not watched you with the dog. It is hard to guess what you are actually doing or not.
    Be careful what you are praising. Sometimes...
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    There is a good trainer (careful building of...

    There is a good trainer (careful building of skills and understanding of working with young green pup) that is going to be using my property once in a while. If you write me personally I can...
  25. Regarding your comment where you said --- "I...

    Regarding your comment where you said --- "I praise her while she's coming back to try to get her running."
    While can't tell exactly what you are doing unless I saw it --- most likely she is...
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