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  1. NO DOG DAY CARE. If you have the slightest doubt...

    NO DOG DAY CARE. If you have the slightest doubt in your dog's safety around other dogs, sending her to dog day care is a flat out irresponsible decision. The quality of dog day cares varies wildly,...
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    An easy way to transition is "Over, [Dog's...

    An easy way to transition is "Over, [Dog's name]". Soon the dog will be going on "over" and you can drop her name.
  3. If after three years, I get my first no go,...

    If after three years, I get my first no go, resetting for a second try I still get a no go, I simplify the exercise I get a third, I put the dog up for the day.

    If anyone wants to know more about...
  4. What happens when you've used force, and still...

    What happens when you've used force, and still get no goes?

    You back up, identify the hole in your training, fix it as best you can, and move forward. The problem solving process is the same no...
  5. This is very similar to my philosophy. I got...

    This is very similar to my philosophy.

    I got some no goes when I was introducing my cuing for blinds. There was confusion between "where" to look out and "back" to run out, and after not being...
  6. 1st time: Step out of heel, call dog off the...

    1st time: Step out of heel, call dog off the line, reapproach and try again.

    If I get a second no go, simplify. How I simplify depends on why I think the dog doesn't want to leave. Probably move...
  7. Thread: Gun breaking

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    I use a toy cap gun, 1.29 at Fleet Farm and...

    I use a toy cap gun, 1.29 at Fleet Farm and another buck for the caps. I have people lining up to shoot for me in my suburban neighborhood, it reminds them of playing cops and robbers as kids.
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    Marsh comes to school with me if the weather's...

    Marsh comes to school with me if the weather's nice. He has to sit in the car most of the day, but three to five times a day I'll get him out and we'll work on the quad. It's the nicest yard I have...
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    Elaborate, please. What do you mean by aiming.

    Elaborate, please. What do you mean by aiming.
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    Hand Down on Marks & Blinds

    Somewhere in TRT, Lardy says that putting your hand down is a confirmation to the dog, you aren't giving him the line with your hand. Is this what you do? Is it different between marks and blinds?
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  11. Thread: Training log

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    Poll: When I was obedience training a pair of German...

    When I was obedience training a pair of German shepherds for a friend I kept very detailed logs on my laptop. I used a Windows Office program called OneNote that I love very much. I wrote down what...
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    How strict is the "shall not exceed"? For a...

    How strict is the "shall not exceed"? For a strictly hunt test dog, how far do you stretch him out?
  13. Thread: Dalmatian

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    Dalmatians are basically modified English...

    Dalmatians are basically modified English Pointers, so it's not surprising.
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    Building drive won't increase speed on returns....

    Building drive won't increase speed on returns. All the reinforcement is out THERE, what reinforcement is there back HERE?
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    Poll: Gdgnyc your pm box is full

    Gdgnyc your pm box is full
  16. Thread: Positive only?

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    "Pure positive" is a straw man. No trainer never...

    "Pure positive" is a straw man. No trainer never uses punishment. If a behavior decreases, it has been punished. That's perfectly fine, some behaviors need to be decreased. Counter surfing, peeing in...
  17. Thread: Positive only?

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    Stepping on a leash is "allowed." I'd call it...

    Stepping on a leash is "allowed." I'd call it negative punishment. You're limiting options.

    It's a bit different if you're stepping on the leash while the dog is bolting away from you and you...
  18. Is there a Total Retriever Marking 2nd Edition?

    I know TRTraining has been updated. Has the marking DVD been updated? I have a DVD set of TRM that is identical to the VHS tapes. Is this the same material as the TRMarking you can currently buy from...
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    If you're not going to show the dog (and I'm...

    If you're not going to show the dog (and I'm assuming you're not), why do you care what color his nose is?
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    When does the stim start to mean sit? (And even...

    When does the stim start to mean sit? (And even then you're still in operant conditioning not classical, because if pressure means sit, that's a cue to the dog to preform a behavior) In most of...
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    Pavlov is always on your shoulder. Classical...

    Pavlov is always on your shoulder. Classical conditioning is always in play. Classical conditioning is why your dog gets excited when you get out the guns and bumpers and e-collars.

    In Bob...
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    Thanks, the google maps thing is a good tip. ...

    Thanks, the google maps thing is a good tip.

    If you ever need help training out here, give me a call.
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    That's what I get for asking a question with an...

    That's what I get for asking a question with an answer I don't want to hear. :) Who should I ask permission from? I can go over to the clubhouse, but I don't even know if it's open yet.

    Okay this...
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    Can I do anything interesting on this land?

    This is a golf course near my house. Question the first I guess is should I even be training on a golf course? I've thrown fun bumpers here when there was snow on the ground. It's still too cold for...
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    If you're training alone regularly, check out...

    If you're training alone regularly, check out Dennis Voight's Training Retrievers Alone. I set up the majority of my training between that and Carol Cassidy's Building a Retriever.
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