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    "removed some "stuff" from her mouth" ...

    "removed some "stuff" from her mouth" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Gotta love em
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    "acts like every day on the lead is the first...

    "acts like every day on the lead is the first time she's ever had it on! I push her bottom down, tug on the lead"

    I've been silently watching this thread but this comment struck me. Are you...
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    If at all possible get them both. Watch them...

    If at all possible get them both. Watch them both as well as any others you can get you hands on. Every dog and every trainer is different. One might be better suited for your training style or...
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    Training in the Dark

    It's dark when I go to work. It's dark when I get home.

    I bought an LED (lighted) collar (dirt cheap on line). There is a street light on the property.
    I try to work near that light and with...
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    If you can afford it I recommend buying as many...

    If you can afford it I recommend buying as many DVD's as you can. Nothing wrong with watching Lardy, and Hillman and Graham. I got something out of every one of them.
    The most important thing...
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    Why do goats get vasectomies?

    Why do goats get vasectomies?
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    He was a hard pup to read. Hard headed and soft...

    He was a hard pup to read. Hard headed and soft tempered and cunning. I think I used to little pressure and the trainer I employed used to much. The result is a dog that can retrieve but isn't...
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    Browning Maxus Love it. Has never failed to...

    Browning Maxus Love it. Has never failed to fire.
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    I work Gauge twice a day. Usually no more than a...

    I work Gauge twice a day. Usually no more than a few minutes, but unless it is raining we are going to make at least a couple of retrieves. I see it as a habit for BOTH of us.
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    Hmmmm. I'm starting to think the answer is...

    Hmmmm. I'm starting to think the answer is "won't work".
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    Building Momentum in an Older Dog

    I have a dog that is has been thru FF, CC, FTP, T, TT. He knows the game. Some of the time he will burn up the field. That's some of the time. More often he is slow. I want to speed him up.
    I...
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    One of my favorite sayings is... "That's like...

    One of my favorite sayings is...

    "That's like asking a group of hunters which gun to buy"
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    Correct action for Gun Shy Dog

    My hunting buddy has a 14 month old BLM. When he was about 5 month old he was subjected to fireworks. After that he exibbited some fear of gunfire.
    The dog was taken to a trainer where he...
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    I agree with most of these. Sore mouth (tooth or...

    I agree with most of these. Sore mouth (tooth or wound).
    Don't frustrate yourself and the dog by forcing him/her to retrieve.
    Duck season just started lay out a weekend and I bet he/she will be...
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    About a year ago I wrote a thread on this forum. ...

    About a year ago I wrote a thread on this forum. I had reviewed Hillman's and Lardy's and Evan's programs and read Wolter's and watched smartdog. Also, I had spent many days with my dog. I...
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    That's got to be the best explanation of why nick...

    That's got to be the best explanation of why nick -vs- burn that I've ever read.
    I've asked this very question only to get a lot of smarta$$ answers. So, I appreciate the reply. Good Job.

    PS:...
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    My experience mirrors Pats'. Highly recomended...

    My experience mirrors Pats'. Highly recomended trainer. The dog spent 5 months there and I couldn't have been more disapointed. Likewise I believe he would practice a couple exercises just before...
  18. Enroute force was only needed a few times. In T...

    Enroute force was only needed a few times. In T work he knows where the "back" pile is and he runs to it unless stopped.

    Bridget, I think the wagon wheel idea might do some good. Maybe I havent...
  19. A lot of the comments above are good. I never...

    A lot of the comments above are good. I never used a man made marker on the PB's. Instead I used a large tree(s), a bushy cedar, and the corner of a cornfield (ok that might qualify as manmade). I...
  20. His yard work was good and continues to look...

    His yard work was good and continues to look good. He has never shown a clear "lock on". It was more the "wait for him to look at the back pile before sending". His attitude is good. Blinds or...
  21. Searching for the bumper instead of running the line

    Brief history: Gauge is 1 1/2 yrs old and has been through FF, CC, T, and TT. We have worked pattern blinds out to 200 yards. I'm sure there is more I need to include here but...

    My problem: If...
  22. Thread: handheld gps

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    I use the Garmin Oregon. It is very nice. Expect...

    I use the Garmin Oregon. It is very nice. Expect a learning curve no matter what you get. Don't go cheap is my advice. There are forums out there. Read through them. Accuracy out in the open is...
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    "doesn't want to let go" This is common. The...

    "doesn't want to let go"
    This is common. The whole process is no fun for the dog or the trainer. Assuming you release the pressure as soon as the dowel is in his mouth, he has learned how to...
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    Yep, I agree. Also, Watch your tone. Keep a...

    Yep, I agree. Also, Watch your tone. Keep a level voice (same tone, same volume). You mention more or less pressure. Make sure you don't get more forceful with the command at the same time. He...
  25. I don’t chime in on many of these discussions but...

    I don’t chime in on many of these discussions but I wanted to expand on the examples of aversive stimuli lest someone object to it’s use.
    Yelling “NO” or Ahhh, “Lunging at” or “towering over” a dog,...
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