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    "It remains to be seen if he will do it with the...

    "It remains to be seen if he will do it with the excitement of the hunt this fall."

    Train in drive. Work at making training exciting and use "reps" to establish an expectation. Here are two...
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    This is somewhat of a modification of a Pat Nolan...

    This is somewhat of a modification of a Pat Nolan approach to teaching a dog to be steady. In a way, the heeling step tends impact a dog's momentum "in the moment". With the additional expectation of...
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    Ducks in the fall..............

    may seem like a long way off. However, if a pup is in training and hunting is part of the plan, start preparing now.

    As a fun change of pace with single T, OB and marking going on, a regularly...
  4. "I can't figure out how folks believe the dogs...

    "I can't figure out how folks believe the dogs need teaching to use their nose."

    Because a lot of inexperienced dog trainers don't know any better. They bought primarily a hunting "buddy" and...
  5. I don't understand what you are trying to...

    I don't understand what you are trying to suggest. If I stated what kind of work an orange bumper is used for in Hillmann's Y-drill and point out his specific rationale with respect to marking, why...
  6. "It's absolutely unnecessary to do anything other...

    "It's absolutely unnecessary to do anything other than teach them what to do."

    This one of those things where "Because I said so." may cause lasting negative perceptions. The pup that comes...
  7. This thread presents a perplexing issue. Many...

    This thread presents a perplexing issue. Many with a great deal of experience express less than flexible perceptions. "Never to sometimes" covers a lot of ground. Technically a retriever is a pup...
  8. What is the definition of a "puppy" mark?

    What is the definition of a "puppy" mark?
  9. Well, here's hoping physical therapy will take...

    Well, here's hoping physical therapy will take care of your injury. I have an indoor swimming pool and personally worked on my therapy. It worked to some degree in relieving pain and I was able to...
  10. It's impossible to provide advice on your injury....

    It's impossible to provide advice on your injury. Follow the doctor's plan. For what it's worth, getting over a serious shoulder injury can be a long and difficult process.

    I toughed out an...
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    "Dogs like this tend to be high momentum dogs...

    "Dogs like this tend to be high momentum dogs with a good focus on the bird and very confident. Later when you are running cold blinds, getting them pointed right can make for impressively long, good...
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    "I thought your dog was having issues with the...

    "I thought your dog was having issues with the concept."

    Sorry about that. Sometimes it is difficult to see exactly where a pup is in training. She has a very good start on single T and didn't...
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    "You could do the same thing by repeating the...

    "You could do the same thing by repeating the same mark, maybe four times instead of nine, but move the line down the road increasing the angle that way. That way the dog knows the destination making...
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    Squaring vs. lining and marking

    Saturday, Pounce ran several stand-alone, send back singles across a wide ditch. The AOF's were easy to see as they were in mowed grass up on a rise beyond a wide ditch. With a lengthy run to the...
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    Me too and have responded to many dealing with...

    Me too and have responded to many dealing with your ongoing, extensive trials and tribulations with this pup. You said, you've done Hillmann, worked long and hard at training and been all over the...
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    Public parks & training

    Yesterday, things seemed to be progressing well. Then a big hunt began on the last duck down. At first, I was not focused enough to see why. Fortunately, she figured it out....
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    "Sometimes he's the sweetest pup in the world and...

    "Sometimes he's the sweetest pup in the world and other times he seems borderline unmanageable."

    Hummmm....I can relate to that. http://kwicklabs.com/emomad.gif
    Spunk is a good thing!...
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    "I'm not using pressure so can't really say that...

    "I'm not using pressure so can't really say that is it."

    Pressure can often be nothing more than a perception. What you may think as a low pressure, fun thing may not be in the dog's mind. I had a...
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    Thanks! Those are wonderful. What a great way to...

    Thanks! Those are wonderful. What a great way to end the day. http://kwicklabs.com/thumbsup.gif
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    April was an excellent month

    Yesterday, we finished off a whirlwind of activity. Pounce literally covered a lot of ground. Yard work is off to an excellent start laced with much fun and field training has been progressing with...
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    Just Another Day......training

    This morning started just as we planned and continued to progress without any issues. It is amazing how much one can accomplish when planning ahead and a pup responds well. The best thing about all...
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    Buy the Training a Retriever Puppy.

    Buy the Training a Retriever Puppy.
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    I do have several reasons for walking out....

    I do have several reasons for walking out. http://kwicklabs.com/biggrin.gif

    Mostly it revolves around self-preservation and this comment.

    "She takes off like a rocket."

    This past winter was...
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    Recently, I have found a significant part of the...

    Recently, I have found a significant part of the planning that goes into a training setup depends a great deal on decent lighting. http://kwicklabs.com/biggrin.gif
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    "What is the thing u used for place?" Several...

    "What is the thing u used for place?"

    Several years ago, my older dogs were running big "stand alone" setups. There were disadvantages to the low, round place board 1) I couldn't see if they were...
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