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    Pat, thanks for sharing the letter. I find it...

    Pat, thanks for sharing the letter. I find it very discouraging. IMO the best method for training a pet dog is the one the owner is able to employ. I deal with a lot of owners that are very...
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    Uh…the problem with that is the gun owners have...

    Uh…the problem with that is the gun owners have the NRA--THE model of a powerful lobbying organization.

    What do we have? The HSUS: now bigger than the NRA (I think)--and on the wrong side.
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    Positive training has its place--but IMO anyone...

    Positive training has its place--but IMO anyone at that level ought to know that for the average dog-owning household, getting reliability through positive-only methods is far too technical and...
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    What breed? If it's a Golden, I'd say Never. ...

    What breed?

    If it's a Golden, I'd say Never.

    Amy Dahl
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    You can also look at what you're feeding, and how...

    You can also look at what you're feeding, and how much. This could be about bowel control, not behavior. Less food or a different food could produce less stool volume and instantly solve your...
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    Sounds as though this may be her first hunt. Is...

    Sounds as though this may be her first hunt. Is it?

    In my experience, retrieving ducks, especially well-feathered wild shot ducks, helps dogs learn good bird handling. Retrieving doves tends to...
  7. YES. I believe now they out raise and...

    YES.

    I believe now they out raise and out-lobby the NRA. And it's not "coming to your state," it's in your state, I promise. And don't make the mistake of blaming it on the political left. ...
  8. That's the crux of the issue. The antis (HSUS...

    That's the crux of the issue. The antis (HSUS and others) are out to eliminate ALL use of animals, for pets, hunting, education, service, research, etc. ALL. They are practicing a DIVIDE AND...
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    HOW do you set up your retrieves with this puppy?...

    HOW do you set up your retrieves with this puppy?

    IIRC, back in the days when the sources you are using were popular, we saw this kind of thing all the time.

    Here's what I suggest. No...
  10. Thread: Dogs on doves

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    Some dogs are amazing on doves, and some seem...

    Some dogs are amazing on doves, and some seem clueless about how to find them. We've had both Labs and Chesapeakes that were brilliant.

    Amy Dahl
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    Yes. Amy Dahl

    Yes.

    Amy Dahl
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    I think the gene for short tails (as in Pembroke...

    I think the gene for short tails (as in Pembroke Welsh Corgis) is both dominant and lethal. So in the hypothetical case of a genetically stub-tailed sire breeding a Labrador bitch, the sire would be...
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    My suggestion for site improvement: add a "like"...

    My suggestion for site improvement: add a "like" function.
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    One time when I was at my local emergency vet,...

    One time when I was at my local emergency vet, they had a young puppy they were giving blood transfusions. I can't remember if the issue was bleeding or low red count, but the cause was that the...
  15. I personally agree with Swampcollie, but will...

    I personally agree with Swampcollie, but will point out that there is a place you can go to put your options in perspective: a good repro vet.

    General-practice vets tend to be very spay/neuter...
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    I find chewy really useful for stuff I use...

    I find chewy really useful for stuff I use occasionally. I don't want to hunt around for it locally, only to find somewhere a single dusty bag with an expired date, or else that the only source is...
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    Good for you! Hope you have a great time with...

    Good for you! Hope you have a great time with this pup.

    Amy Dahl
  18. Thread: Gun shy lab

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    Enjoyed the rant. Something to remember when...

    Enjoyed the rant.

    Something to remember when reading tips on introducing gunfire: the overwhelming majority of Labs have low sensitivity and low inclination to associate fear with sound. In...
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    Suggest you read the current recommendations on...

    Suggest you read the current recommendations on vaccinations http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/news/documents/ClinicalSciences...VaccinationGuidelines.pdf . They are now recommending a series of three,...
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    Interesting. I have always figured because we're...

    Interesting. I have always figured because we're there ALL DAY might as well hang out with a dog some. I haven't been offended by other dogs in the gallery; in fact I got to meet and pet Lottie in...
  21. I read the whole article, and my impression was...

    I read the whole article, and my impression was that the best thing you can do is leave her intact. Secure her during her seasons, of course.

    Amy Dahl
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    I recently read this interesting article about...

    I recently read this interesting article about dog/child interactions. It doesn't directly address the situation you described, but is a great reminder that dogs and children are often on really...
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    John and I talked with Mike about this once. ...

    John and I talked with Mike about this once. Mike is (at least was at the time) of the "don't repeat marks" school, and John and I advocate repeating marks. Turns out our decision-making on when to...
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    Congratulations Marc! Amy Dahl

    Congratulations Marc!

    Amy Dahl
  25. It would be a mistake to see this as analogous to...

    It would be a mistake to see this as analogous to the attempt to correct the tend in conformation. The standard was written for conformation judging and has changed little; as the letter says, it's...
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