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    Personally, I would plan to have a pet sitter let...

    Personally, I would plan to have a pet sitter let pup out and walk him at mid day for September and October, if not longer. You're probably going to have him crated at night also, which adds up to 18...
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    How long you put her in the outside run depends...

    How long you put her in the outside run depends on whether or not you care if she craps in it. If you'd like it to be clean you have to treat it more or less like house training.

    Weather may play...
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    Why is everything pressure, pressure and more...

    Why is everything pressure, pressure and more pressure...

    The dog doesn't want to give up the bumper... Why do we suppose that is? Maybe because he has an expectation that the next thing that's...
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    You have a lot of good / pro trainers around you...

    You have a lot of good / pro trainers around you in southern Maine. Mike Berube, the Mosers and several others. Might want to check with the local retriever club.
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    Second the Delta sport being limited to short...

    Second the Delta sport being limited to short haired dogs. I have a client right now with a Samoyed that already had the collar before I showed up and it's not working very well with the thick hair.
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    and Bart Bellon be damned we're all behind the...

    and Bart Bellon be damned we're all behind the times
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    Thank you for your ever valuable input dennis!

    Thank you for your ever valuable input dennis!
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    I'm really wrestling with this exact issue every...

    I'm really wrestling with this exact issue every time I look at Bill's most recent series of videos about the e-collar as positive reinforcement Jim.

    I get that with the dog already doing a...
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    Jim, my statement about "turn off pressure" isn't...

    Jim, my statement about "turn off pressure" isn't really relater to Hillman. I don't really see Bill doing that in any of the material I've seen. He may since I haven't seen it all but it is not...
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    Awesome! I say to people (I talk to a lot of them...

    Awesome! I say to people (I talk to a lot of them about training) that sometimes patterns are great and other times, having the dog not know quite to expect is an advantage. In this case... having...
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    Only on my second dog with Bill's method (BLF and...

    Only on my second dog with Bill's method (BLF and a CBRM) but LOVE it for all the reasons Dennis stated above :) Learning to "turn off pressure" is something that can be done in a number of settings,...
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    Helps to have the background up front on things...

    Helps to have the background up front on things like this, meaning, this is formalization rather than teaching. The behavior being taught with rewards and then formalized in this fashion would...
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    That's great information. I keep a pair of muck...

    That's great information. I keep a pair of muck "chore" boots by the door for easy "step in step out" but they are like wearing bricks.

    Been wearing Solomon Gore Tex hikers day in day out and...
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    The problem with "here" is two fold... it doesn't...

    The problem with "here" is two fold... it doesn't always generate a positive result for the dog. They get pressure for something else (like heel) at your side, or they are called into the house when...
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    that's so much more fun for the dog with a...

    that's so much more fun for the dog with a pocketful of treats and a wall/fence... just sayin
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    First requirement for any training program to be...

    First requirement for any training program to be successful is for the trainer to be truly comfortable with the methods being applied to their dog. If you're not comfortable with a method you will...
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    Good job Mark! Can't be shooting with that man...

    Good job Mark! Can't be shooting with that man birds in the air unless you'd like to teach am all a lesson :) very cool. Thanks for sharing
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    Two words... Randy Bohn

    Two words... Randy Bohn
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    No pucker = no fun :)

    No pucker = no fun :)
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    Devil dogs were great when they were all en...

    Devil dogs were great when they were all en vogue. I'm not sure why they would suddenly be undesirable. I loved mine like no dog ever. Mephistopheles IX MH - Ozzie

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    Haha come on Dan by bow you surely know Wayne...

    Haha come on Dan by bow you surely know Wayne worships at the alter of Lardy LOL
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    Thanks for your response John.

    Thanks for your response John.
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    Is there a big difference between...

    Is there a big difference between introducing/forcing a young dog on cold water vs. training a more experienced one?

    I have always thought the former was much more critical, after all, we hunt...
  24. A white, standout gun can be useful in training...

    A white, standout gun can be useful in training to make it more clear to a dog that he is being lazy about a factor (or factors), can't it?

    We do many things like Y drills to teach the concept of...
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    reinforcing good behavior that pup is doing on...

    reinforcing good behavior that pup is doing on his own is a GREAT strategy and will pay big dividends later
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