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    Lone female? Ours always seem to go together...

    Lone female?

    Ours always seem to go together or in succession. If there's no other females to put the hormones in the air, it's not surprising for her to be that late. I wouldn't worry at all,...
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    x2 Key word in that is consistently.

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    Key word in that is consistently.
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    Dogs are situational learners. They understand...

    Dogs are situational learners. They understand very well the difference in the situation between blowing a duck call, shotguns and a freshly killed mallard vs tug-o-war in the living room with the...
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    They make glow in the dark bumpers. Truck...

    They make glow in the dark bumpers.

    Truck headlights for longer marks?

    I also do some training just in the house and really try to hammer the obedience when it's too dark out to train well.
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    I'm not a coyote hunter, but I have killed my...

    I'm not a coyote hunter, but I have killed my share of them while deer hunting. Thanks for doing your part to control the population!
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    If at all possible, we don't leave ours in the...

    If at all possible, we don't leave ours in the kennels long enough for them to relieve themselves inside the pens. We air the dogs often enough to prevent the mess.

    To answer the question of...
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    As much as I can. The quantifiable answer to...

    As much as I can. The quantifiable answer to that for you will depend on a myriad of factors. Not the least of which include hours of daylight, access to training, work schedule, family...
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    I would argue it is MORE difficult to have a well...

    I would argue it is MORE difficult to have a well trained retriever by leaving it in a kennel all the time instead of raising them in the house with you and your family. You have a reliable dog by...
  9. 6 weeks is early. I just sold a 7 week male and...

    6 weeks is early. I just sold a 7 week male and he had one in and one out. I wouldn't be worried about it now. The reality is if you spend enough time and money to get him to stud-worthy hunt test...
  10. Are you looking for something more sophisticated...

    Are you looking for something more sophisticated than your local veterinarian? My vet has done all my dogs and we've yet to get a score less than Good.
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    My advice would be to discuss it casually... say...

    My advice would be to discuss it casually... say around a BBQ. Then both sides think it over a while, but the most important part for me would be to have everything in writing.
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    Glad to see someone else who does this! I taught...

    Glad to see someone else who does this! I taught our first girl how to follow a blood trail and it has saved no less than 7 or 8 deer over the last 4 years. We even get a call occasionally from a...
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    I have a very similar dog by age. She is...

    I have a very similar dog by age. She is currently finishing her heat cycle and turns 1 year old next week. She was fertile from 6 to 2 days ago. She spent the entire 4 days either in a crate or...
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    x2 for this site. I have been there countless...

    x2 for this site. I have been there countless times.
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    As someone who owns a pup out of Ruckus (Choppers...

    As someone who owns a pup out of Ruckus (Choppers son), I can attest that these traits shine through strongly. Especially the water. Where most dogs make an excuse to cheat the bank to a mark, she...
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    First, don't force it. There is no need to drag...

    First, don't force it. There is no need to drag a well-bred Labrador into the water or throw them into the water to make them swim.

    What I did with my last pup was I used jealously to get her...
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    This is spot on. A dog can't learn until their...

    This is spot on. A dog can't learn until their comfortable.

    As someone who works a day job as a teacher, I can tell you that if a student (in this case the dog) is uncomfortable or afraid they...
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    First, I'd say 5 months is pretty early. ...

    First, I'd say 5 months is pretty early. Physically the dog is likely still teething. Psychologically the dog has difficultly focusing for more than just a few minutes.

    As for the process...
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    Sounds like he's got a bad wheel. Bummer. If...

    Sounds like he's got a bad wheel. Bummer. If you've had him for 7 months you've invested a lot in the dog emotionally and financially, but if he came with a 2 year guarantee like most well-bred...
  20. All my dogs are on Pro Plan Performance and they...

    All my dogs are on Pro Plan Performance and they will graze like cattle at times. They'll get what they need when they need it.

    If you're happy with the dogs' performance on the Dr. Tims feed...
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    Disclaimer: I am not a pro. Having said that,...

    Disclaimer: I am not a pro.

    Having said that, I can offer a little help. I was in your shoes about 5 years ago and I was frustrated at the expense (they're probably worth it) and "one size fits...
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    I'll play in here, why not? I've owned both. ...

    I'll play in here, why not?

    I've owned both. I've had dogs that both had very similar pedigree and were even the same sex and color combination. In my opinion, the difference is marketing. I've...
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    It's not uncommon at all. A caveat - make sure...

    It's not uncommon at all.

    A caveat - make sure there's no physical problem. My current male had a wicked umbilical hernia and while we waited on it to close naturally (which it never did and he...
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    The way I would handle this problem (which is a...

    The way I would handle this problem (which is a common one) is to get in the water with the dog. Meet the dog 6' out into the water and reinforce the hold with a command and/or a gentle hand...
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    It's just a matter of preference on whether or...

    It's just a matter of preference on whether or not to include the kennel name. Some are proud of where they got the dog, others have a naming scheme that doesn't work with the kennel name.

    Also...
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