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    Depends on the field. If it's a large enough...

    Depends on the field. If it's a large enough field that you can dedicate a portion of it for your pattern work, why not do other training in the remainder of it? If it's only large enough to...
  2. Thread: Popping?

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    With that to go on, which Bruce correctly...

    With that to go on, which Bruce correctly mentioned isn't much, it would seem to me that there may not be enough in it for the dog. Spend a week or two marking in little or no cover with real birds...
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    How old is this dog? What specific steps of...

    How old is this dog? What specific steps of training has he had, and is he finished with formal Basics? How often does this dog get real birds in training, and why are you training a gundog with...
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    I'm still not getting a clear picture of your...

    I'm still not getting a clear picture of your training progression for handling. It appears we're going at this backward, but are not getting some grip on basic handling skill. If your dog is just...
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    When you say "a distance", about how much...

    When you say "a distance", about how much distance?

    Evan
  6. Thread: Two sided heeling

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    I fully agree. Evan

    I fully agree.

    Evan
  7. Thread: Two sided heeling

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    Two-Sidedness A look inside the practice of...

    Two-Sidedness
    A look inside the practice of two-sided heeling
    By Evan Graham
    As I tend to view modern retriever training, the issue of two-sided heeling is fairly small in significance, but tends...
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    Rex Carr said he believed a majority of dogs were...

    Rex Carr said he believed a majority of dogs were left-hand dominant; preferring moves leftward generally. Many dogs that have a propensity to loop on left-hand straight "Back" casts for example,...
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    Even as a pro, the only reason I put mine on a...

    Even as a pro, the only reason I put mine on a table was to save my back. That's it. I haven't put one on a table in over 20 years.I can't explain why some trainers think fetching an assortment of...
  10. Thread: CC help?

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    "Here"/nick - "Here", the nick and the command...

    "Here"/nick - "Here", the nick and the command arriving together. On a 1900 you probably want to come down 10-15 'levels' at a time, if not more.

    Evan
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    Do you recall instruction that when you begin...

    Do you recall instruction that when you begin moving down scale with pressure that you should be using nicks, and backing down scale 2 levels at a time; Medium 3 to high 2 for example?

    Evan
  12. Thread: CC help?

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    Steven, Are you following Smartwork for this...

    Steven,

    Are you following Smartwork for this procedure?

    Evan
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    "If you always do what you always did, you'll...

    "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got." Would you like to get more from your dogs in the future? Come on out!

    Evan
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    Transition is not a skill set. It's many skill...

    Transition is not a skill set. It's many skill sets through which a basically-trained dog transitions toward a fully-trained state, wherein he will have all skills at all levels.

    Evan
  15. Thread: Dedicated casting

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    I think many trainers regard handling on return...

    I think many trainers regard handling on return (with bumper in mouth) as swim-by. To each his/her own. I do not regard them as the same, especially in effectiveness.

    Evan
  16. Thread: Dedicated casting

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    Would you mind posting a little video of you...

    Would you mind posting a little video of you doing that. I'm having trouble visualizing it in practice.

    Evan
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    In 70's I recall handling on return while on T...

    In 70's I recall handling on return while on T work to help prep. We called it "Run-by". Like Tony, I saw little evidence of lasting benefits, and surely not enough to make it worthy of my time. I...
  18. Free's book acquired that nickname largely...

    Free's book acquired that nickname largely because there was so little else out there. And because that one was actually written by an actual trainer.

    There are several fine books out now. None...
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    I'm not familiar with that exact term. Is that...

    I'm not familiar with that exact term. Is that like disciplined casting, or definitive casting, or something else?

    Evan
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    At which angle? Whatever the angle is from the...

    At which angle? Whatever the angle is from the sitting dog to the fall, relative to where YOU are is the literal angle, and so - the literal cast. The term "angle back" is vague and subjective.
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    That. Evan

    That.

    Evan
  22. X 2 on Greg. You won't meet a better guy, and a...

    X 2 on Greg. You won't meet a better guy, and a fine dog man. Near Plattsburg. greg.nelson.148@facebook.com

    Evan
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    Good point. My approach would be to do that...

    Good point. My approach would be to do that procedure using drill-like triggers, such as drilling on bumpers at first instead of birds. Have your bird boy yell and throw instead of firing...
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    Congratulations. Nice dog. Evan

    Congratulations. Nice dog.

    Evan
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    It sounds like you're generally doing a good job....

    It sounds like you're generally doing a good job. Two things make praise effective; timing and emotion. It would be emmencely helpful if you could video a typical session, and either post it up here...
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