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    Well, Monday night after a stellar swim by...

    Well, Monday night after a stellar swim by session I let Toby play in the pond while I went to the car to get the BC out of the car. When I turned back around he was running towards me with a live...
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    I do not believe that the seminar host was a DA...

    I do not believe that the seminar host was a DA and in no way am I trying to point that out. What I was trying to point out was that I am not a wuss that doesn't know how to take a joke. I like a...
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    I would think it was funny if I was training with...

    I would think it was funny if I was training with friends locally. But when spending close to a thousand dollars on gas, motel, and seminar fees I expect to receive sincere accurate knowledge.

    I...
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    It is aggravating to spend a good chunk of change...

    It is aggravating to spend a good chunk of change on a seminar and several vacation days and get this kind of feedback. But on a happier note maybe I should be flattered that this was the only thing...
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    Do you think it is a common practice for people...

    Do you think it is a common practice for people to mess with newbies this way? I am naturally rather skeptical, but this would be a less than kind sort of thing to do to someone who was more...
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    LOL. These folks seemed completely sincere about...

    LOL. These folks seemed completely sincere about how stupid I was to be holding my whistle in my mouth right side up. And some of them frequent this forum. I'm guessing they will not fess up. I...
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    Is this a stupid whistle question?

    I tried to search the archives, but couldn't find an answer. Is there a "correct" way to hold a whistle in your mouth? Someone told me this weekend that I was holding my whistle upside down. The...
  8. I live in Covington and work in Florence. The...

    I live in Covington and work in Florence. The past two weekends I've spent caring for my oldest dog, Norton, who has been very ill. We put him down on Monday morning. I just can't bear staying in...
  9. I found some great suggestions on some of the...

    I found some great suggestions on some of the earlier threads on how to ask for permission. Wish me luck!
  10. Breck, these are really good and not terribly far...

    Breck, these are really good and not terribly far from my office. I had been looking close to my house, further north and could not find much.

    I'm sure that there have been a million threads...
  11. Swim by pond in Cincinnati/Northern KY

    If anyone has, or knows of someone who has, a pond that will work as a swim by pond in the Cincinnati/Northern KY area could you please send me a PM?

    Thank you!
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    Ideas for new house

    If you were planning to move, or build a new house, what qualities would you look for in the house and land to make it a retriever training paradise?

    Yeah, I am pretty much hooked. Twenty five...
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    You are understanding me correctly. This has...

    You are understanding me correctly. This has been my working strategy. I think I have been off base and need to revise my strategies. Thank you so much!
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    You make a very important point that I have...

    You make a very important point that I have missed. One of my weaknesses is to simplify so that the dog is successful, while never getting the essential lesson taught. This is why my training has a...
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    I would say that if you don't make the situation...

    I would say that if you don't make the situation simpler and ensure success on the 2nd or 3rd attempt, then the dog will be demoralized by this technique. If you do make the situation simpler, and...
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    Can you rephrase your question? I do not have a...

    Can you rephrase your question? I do not have a clear undestanding of what you are asking.
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    When the dog makes an error, you stop him at the...

    When the dog makes an error, you stop him at the point where he made the error, simplify the situation slightly and try the situation again. This is attrition.

    It is effective when the dog is...
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    What is attrition?

    I know what it is...but not well enough to explain it to a dear friend. Can you help me by providing some good examples?

    When is it effective? When is it not effective?

    Thank you!
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    I am glad he is back. He is a nice man and very...

    I am glad he is back. He is a nice man and very helpful. Kind to newbies.

    Welcome back!
  20. Is there any value in training a dim-witted dog

    In the "are chocolates slower learners" thread there was some discussion of how much is the trainer's ability and how much is the dog's innate talents. This led me to thinking about the pros and...
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    What is on your Christmas list?

    Here is mine in case anyone wants to buy me a present:


    Warm black gloves


    Warm wool socks in neutral colors (black, tan, grey)


    Rain suit in dark neutral color
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    One time I almost went to work in a pair of black...

    One time I almost went to work in a pair of black pants with the back pocket chewed out. Fortunately it was winter and I felt the cold breeze on my buttock. It is a miracle I make it to work most...
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    Take it from me, when you use the check cord wear...

    Take it from me, when you use the check cord wear gloves and make sure that you have a good stable stance. Don't get discouraged...it takes some practice to get the timing right. But works very...
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    The calm self that normally inhabits my training...

    The calm self that normally inhabits my training body flies out the window and is replaced by insane screaming demon any time turd eating is demonstrated. The same thing happen when selective...
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    How long do ecollars last?

    I have a Dogtra NCP202 that is ~10 years old. I did not use it much at all until this summer when I began training Toby. On Monday it quit working even though it was fully charged. Today I used a...
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