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    If you have friends in the house, may be better...

    If you have friends in the house, may be better in the short term to put pup in his crate in a quiet area. He has no ability to control the distance he has from people in a small space like that....
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    If judges really did that JH would cease to exist...

    If judges really did that JH would cease to exist for lack of entries.
  3. Give me the dog with the IQ of 20 every time...

    Give me the dog with the IQ of 20 every time please!
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    Great Robert! Just checking. What you said is...

    Great Robert! Just checking.

    What you said is absolutely true.

    I guess I developed a knack for breaking things down because that's what I usually have to do with my customers.
  5. That makes a ton of sense Keith! People are so...

    That makes a ton of sense Keith!

    People are so weird to me though. They will pinch the dogs ear but won't use a barely perceptible e-collar. Always a challenge meshing methods to trainers. Much...
  6. Yea, Keith, I could see that happening with some...

    Yea, Keith, I could see that happening with some dogs. Next move could be more patience... Let them learn that calm = retrieve. That could be a mess in training group. A lot of people wouldn't...
  7. I can apply the thought process to the place...

    I can apply the thought process to the place board idea if you like Keith. Using a place board changes the dog's expectation of how he earns the reward by inserting "get on the board" into the...
  8. Thank the Lord there's not a half inch of snow...

    Thank the Lord there's not a half inch of snow LOL immediate shutdown! I went to school a couple of years by Spaghetti Junction. You guys can't handle the white stuff LOL
  9. Here's another angle for everyone to think about....

    Here's another angle for everyone to think about. Nothing to do with retrievers really. More of an overall view of dog behavior to be considered. Think about how training works.

    Why do dogs do...
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    Glad some folks are finding it useful! As I...

    Glad some folks are finding it useful! As I mentioned, I wrote it for a young girl with her first retriever.

    Robert - if your comment about "adults don't get it" relates to comments from your...
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    Sometimes dogs learn the best lessons when you...

    Sometimes dogs learn the best lessons when you are simply patient and let them figure out the solution on their own.

    There are lots of drills/techniques for this. They work, or they wouldn't...
  12. You can exercise his legs but exercising his mind...

    You can exercise his legs but exercising his mind will be much more effective from a time perspective.

    You might consider taking the time to teach him basic scent detection exercises. It's not...
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    A retrieve broken down into it's parts

    I was honored this weekend to be asked by a friend from across the pond to help explain to a student of his, why her young Labrador was having a hard time focusing in the field. This was what I sent...
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    Some things are just too easy to overlook IMO. I...

    Some things are just too easy to overlook IMO. I train pet dogs to heel on both side. Never know when you're gonna need it.

    Don't have to use it at the line though. Just because the dog has the...
  15. Yea, that part would suck. Kind of like setting...

    Yea, that part would suck. Kind of like setting 1,000 snow goose decoys and never firing the gun
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    I just have a nasty flinch when target shooting...

    I just have a nasty flinch when target shooting that I find is reduced if I protect my ears. The best ratings I have been able to find are regular old foam ear plugs in the 29 - 32 range. I wear...
  17. Duck dogs being actual duck dogs!

    Duck dogs being actual duck dogs!
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    ?? yourself as to what you think TT is really...

    ?? yourself as to what you think TT is really teaching your dog.

    I was once told by a VERY successful pro that the main thing is... dealing with pressure.

    That being the case, when do you move...
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    Tons of advice saying "never give a command you...

    Tons of advice saying "never give a command you can't enforce" is just as bad for the newbs in my opinion.

    If you don't know how to leverage rewards with your dog, his whole life is you pushing...
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    A reward is a reward for most retrievers. You...

    A reward is a reward for most retrievers. You give your dog retrieves, right? Same thing as a snack, just less messy.

    To the OP - combine the use of the e-collar with rewards for all of your work...
  21. NO DOUBT about that one Ted. NO DOUBT. That's...

    NO DOUBT about that one Ted. NO DOUBT.

    That's no commentary on one word being stronger than the other though. What matters is.. the context within which the dog has has heard that sound...
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    This is the link to the video click here...

    This is the link to the video click here

    If you're training yourself and use a traditional (non Hillman) approach to training, this is a great set of things to work on with your < 6 mo old dog.
    ...
  23. he's usually sitting right next to you and just...

    he's usually sitting right next to you and just watched some birds fall from the sky
  24. Here vs. come matters not with a retriever anyhow...

    Here vs. come matters not with a retriever anyhow since for the most part you're going to be blowing a whistle. I agree with Glen though, just to make things easier on yourself. Use whatever the...
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    I do it quite a bit differently, especially if...

    I do it quite a bit differently, especially if you want to have a high drive dog in the house. There are a lot of additional things to be done that aren't in any of the programs you'll find (that...
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