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  1. I decided to flick through the rest of one of the...

    I decided to flick through the rest of one of the websites. Found this nice girl under "Girls of the past" http://www.blackwinglabradors.com/biss-ch-blackwing-bramble---dusty.html

    Much closer to...
  2. You know you are a dog trainer/handler when your...

    You know you are a dog trainer/handler when your 18 month old throws a hand up and tells the dog "back."

    And when you give your child or spouse hand signals to find something or go to a certain...
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    Thanks. I'll check into these recommendations....

    Thanks. I'll check into these recommendations. I've used Dr. Gardner a few times and love his staff. Gardner and AU did a great job with my parents' dog with Pythium. Gardner said he just doesn't do...
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    Looking for vet for OFAs in AL/GA

    I'm looking for a vet who does OFA hips and elbows often with good results. I'm near Eufaula n east-central AL. Hoping to stay fairly close. Larger towns near me: Dothan, Montgomery, Auburn, Troy,...
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    We test eyes first since there is no age you must...

    We test eyes first since there is no age you must wait till and it is cheapest. If they don't pass the CERF, they are already out of most breeding programs. DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) does occur in...
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    I too have a marking weakness. I've started...

    I too have a marking weakness. I've started playing a visual memory game (free phone app) to help with visual/spatial memory. Don't know if its working. But I try to pick out some different colored...
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    She is living in our house when we are home,...

    She is living in our house when we are home, crated at night, in a kennel run or airing yard when we are not home. She is being treated as part of the family. We do have other Labs that have the same...
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    Improving eye contact

    Some History: We recently acquired a 3yo BLF. She has had some training: at least CC and FF. She handles a little, but is slow to sit and casts incorrectly often; she will not look at her handler...
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    You have to decide how you want to train your...

    You have to decide how you want to train your dog; do you want to do ff and the following force training. Search for force fetch on this forum to learn more about it.

    Some dogs have a better...
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    There is an HRC club that may be too close for...

    There is an HRC club that may be too close for you to start another,http://oldsouthhrc.org/ Old South HRC. They have hosted tests near Pine Mountain and in Phenix City. The Spring Grand will be in...
  11. I've learned much since having a young dog like...

    I've learned much since having a young dog like this. They can be too strong for you to physically restrain them; mine was. One thing is that the duck call and gun shots are stimulating. You need to...
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    I saw many a mistake I didn't realize I was...

    I saw many a mistake I didn't realize I was making watching a video of myself handling. Best camera position was directly behind me, aimed at the blind. I just thought I was lining the dog up...
  13. We used a Pack and Play with a bug net over it....

    We used a Pack and Play with a bug net over it. SportBrella for shade and sunscreen also. Our jogging stroller came in super handy; have a big net for it too. I'd push her in it to set out blinds and...
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    Sounds like teething. Try to wet food and let sit...

    Sounds like teething. Try to wet food and let sit to soften when this happens. Had to do this for two o our dogs.
  15. Thread: OFA Results

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    If you register EIC or CNM results with OFA, they...

    If you register EIC or CNM results with OFA, they get a "clearance" number for them on the OFA website. All sorts of clearances/tests results can be registered with OFA: eyes, thyroid, heart, and...
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    If you can take care of the dog, you are not too...

    If you can take care of the dog, you are not too old. It is a good idea to think about what would happen if you were unable to take care of the dog. Make sure whomever will be taking care of things...
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    We use adjustable nylon puppy collars. They are...

    We use adjustable nylon puppy collars. They are made for litter identification, are washable and reusable. I like the better than the Velcro collars, which the ends flipped up on after a few weeks....
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    I feel it is courteous and respectful to put the...

    I feel it is courteous and respectful to put the breeder's kennel name somewhere in the pup's name. Some contracts state you must use the kennel name or guarantee won't be honored. I know many...
  19. Here is an article with very specific directions...

    Here is an article with very specific directions to teach dogs (and their people) proper conformation stacking. A lot more to it than I thought. http://www.sue-eh.ca/page24/page40/

    There's another...
  20. Thread: SH vs MH

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    I think you hit the nail on the head for many new...

    I think you hit the nail on the head for many new amateurs. It would benefit the handler and their own dog (an inexperienced one) if all new handlers could have the opportunity to handle an...
  21. Thread: SH vs MH

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    There are lots of factors involved. Of course MH...

    There are lots of factors involved. Of course MH has more difficult concepts and is also less lenient. The biggest factor I think, is that there are far fewer people capable of training a dog to the...
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    Also Hillman does a "place" of sorts. Uses the...

    Also Hillman does a "place" of sorts. Uses the bottom half of a crate. I started with place in the house at 3 mos or so, meaning go to the dog bed. Transferring this to a different "place" out doors...
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    Don't know about volunteer mentors. But I've...

    Don't know about volunteer mentors. But I've found a great training mentor in my trainer. But I know not all trainers are great mentors. This one seems to be a great and willing human trainer and...
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    Progesterone test her to see if she has ovulated....

    Progesterone test her to see if she has ovulated. If she has not, some males can sense this and will not attempt to breed. Some females will throw themselves at a male before they have ovulated,...
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    Sticky: No database for just PRA. Optigen does not have...

    No database for just PRA. Optigen does not have a public database. However, you can submit results to OFA (with a fee) to be added to the dog's OFA "page."
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