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    Watch the dogs before you to see what pulls them...

    Watch the dogs before you to see what pulls them off line. Then once it is your turn don't count your whistles, or think of anyone else's performance. Just concentrate on your dog and work as a team...
  2. Thread: Cost to FF

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    What I was able to do when I force fetched my dog...

    What I was able to do when I force fetched my dog was to work on FF daily at home and take her to a local trainer every few days for 30min "check in" and review next steps in process. There were 3 of...
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    Sounds like you might be a bit hesitant to give a...

    Sounds like you might be a bit hesitant to give a real pinch that will truly make her move. I was that way with my first dog, till I quickly realized(with some guidance from more experienced trainer)...
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    I don't think ANY 13wk puppies have maturity to...

    I don't think ANY 13wk puppies have maturity to deal with FF. Personally, at that age I am working on developing bond with my puppy and just learning that puppy's individual personality traits etc....
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    Sounds like time for "happy timing" free romps...

    Sounds like time for "happy timing" free romps with puppy thru fields and woods, exploring new sights and sounds while building bond that will lead to better teamwork. I'd put the bumpers away for a...
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    Agree with all the above comments to chill out on...

    Agree with all the above comments to chill out on throwing bumpers. You know your puppy likes to retrieve, repeating the same thing day after day in your yard might make you feel good you have a good...
  7. Thread: Blind Work

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    Learning the "lingo" of any new sport or hobby...

    Learning the "lingo" of any new sport or hobby can be confusing. Many retriever terms such as a poison bird or saying a dog blinks or pops, make little sense until explained. A forum such as this is...
  8. Ex-pens are indispensable for puppy care :)...

    Ex-pens are indispensable for puppy care :) Another great tactic when you are home with the puppy is "tethering". You attach puppy's leash to your belt at all times when pup is out of crate or...
  9. Thread: Zoomies?

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    I learned the acronym FRAP at puppy class many,...

    I learned the acronym FRAP at puppy class many, many years ago, never heard a name put to it before then. Since then we've always said they are "frapping" when they have those sudden outbursts of...
  10. Would an ex-pen keep his activity restricted...

    Would an ex-pen keep his activity restricted enough. Perhaps without the same emotional response?
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    After a very hard year when our 2 family mutts,...

    After a very hard year when our 2 family mutts, that had stayed behind when the kids left home, finally died 6mo apart at 12yr and 14yr old. I got a rescue pup - 98% Lab. Loved training her, she was...
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    Also, like idea to have walk-up as separate from...

    Also, like idea to have walk-up as separate from the double. The reality is that is one more bird needed for every single entry. Hard enough for clubs as it is, given cost of birds. I was in SH test...
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    I use combo of 2 products with excellent results...

    I use combo of 2 products with excellent results in tick control. Revolution topical med applied monthly covers heartworm, fleas, ticks, ear and sarcoptic mites. But training hunting retrievers in...
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    It seems to me how you say the word means much...

    It seems to me how you say the word means much more to a dog than how we humans read the word to ourselves. I began obedience and rally training after earning several hunt test titles with my Lab. To...
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    Only time my dog ever got cold tail, the water...

    Only time my dog ever got cold tail, the water was solid, and she never even got wet. She spent whole day out on frozen lake with my hubby ice fishing. Apparently she overused her tail to balance...
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    I have even have blue and black bumpers I bought...

    I have even have blue and black bumpers I bought several years ago for training in the snow here in Maine. This year snow was so deep, didn't matter what color they were :(Nobody could see anything....
  17. Thread: UKC or AKC

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    Agree, definitely do both. You will double your...

    Agree, definitely do both. You will double your number of new friends if you join both the nearest AKC and HRC clubs. Once you actually start running tests, you'll find it is all one big gang anyway.
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    I am no expert, but if you've been reeling her in...

    I am no expert, but if you've been reeling her in with a check cord from 10wks to 5mos, I think you need a new approach. Treats don't seem enough. You gotta make your puppy really "wanna" come to...
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    There is lots of great stuff on here, just takes...

    There is lots of great stuff on here, just takes a little digging to find the gold. There are homemade wingers, electronics, duck dryers, you name it.
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    Wow, wish RTF could always help us find generous...

    Wow, wish RTF could always help us find generous mentors close by :)
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    I swear my dog recognizes camo clothing! The new...

    I swear my dog recognizes camo clothing! The new fashion trend of regular people wearing camo everywhere sure does confuse her ;)
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    I live in Maine, maybe not as cold as Alaska, but...

    I live in Maine, maybe not as cold as Alaska, but all the water in my area is currently solid, so really depends on where you are located ;)
    I got an August born pup in a very cold October, it...
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    There could be another thing going on. In...

    There could be another thing going on. In competitive obedience many dogs will not come up close enough to a proper "front" position, with front paws right up to handler. This is mostly seen with...
  24. Thread: Feeding tuna

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    Good point! Farm raised salmon is junk. They are...

    Good point! Farm raised salmon is junk. They are kept in such crowded conditions and fed such poor quality food, enough so that it really affects their nutritional value.
  25. Thread: Feeding tuna

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    I feed what I think is a high quality kibble that...

    I feed what I think is a high quality kibble that my Labs have done well on for years. There do seem to be a few proven beneficial ingredients that bags of highly processed kibble cannot provide. So...
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