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  1. Darrin, I can only speak for myself here, but I...

    Darrin, I can only speak for myself here, but I would not use "NO" in and of itself without a following command.

    I used Lardy's TRT to attempt to train my pup, and I distinctly remember Mike...
  2. Darrin, the first thing that comes to mind is how...

    Darrin, the first thing that comes to mind is how in the world do you do no-no drills.
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    I can only speak from experience with one pretty...

    I can only speak from experience with one pretty high dog, but my guess would be that the pro you were watching was trying to avoid the "ready, set, go" mindset on the part of the dog. Sure wish I...
  4. Lots of wisdom here. He who has ears, let him...

    Lots of wisdom here. He who has ears, let him hear.
  5. Loopy is not good, but it doesn't necessarily...

    Loopy is not good, but it doesn't necessarily mean not square. Two different things. And it is common knowledge that the only thing 2 dog trainers can agree on is that the third dog trainer over...
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    Agreed at least in concept. I judged a Q back in...

    Agreed at least in concept. I judged a Q back in October with a very knowledgeable co-judge for my first judging assignment. It may sound silly, but it gave me a real boost when I called out my...
  7. I would say you don't have to have him sit square...

    I would say you don't have to have him sit square if you don't want to get reliable casts.

    For example, my dog always spins to his right when he stops. If he only turns halfway to me, I can...
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    This one made me laugh. A couple years ago I...

    This one made me laugh.

    A couple years ago I got the training opportunity of a lifetime with a very knowledgeable amateur over in east Alabama. At the time I still had one of the plastic crates...
  9. At the risk of being pedantic, how do we define...

    At the risk of being pedantic, how do we define yelling and screaming? IOW, when does it go from firm to intimidating? I agree that it's a lot like Justice White's definition of pornography and...
  10. But is it the NO HERE that is intimidating or the...

    But is it the NO HERE that is intimidating or the screaming, regardless of the words screamed?

    David, I too wish I could intimidate my dog just a little. So far no dice.
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    Todd, the more I look at it the more I like your...

    Todd, the more I look at it the more I like your B2.

    You have the potential to wrap around those trees and head right with the wind back to R2. If that happens, you are going to have to get a...
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    I think what you have said in your post is all...

    I think what you have said in your post is all true. But, looking at your quote at the bottom of your posts, how likely is it that an inexperienced new trainer is going to know and understand all...
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    I wouldn't think that anybody would say Mike...

    I wouldn't think that anybody would say Mike Lardy has the only way to successfully train a dog, including Mike Lardy. But he has successfully trained a few, and his methods have led to many more...
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    Amen and amen. I'll do the same in Alabama. A...

    Amen and amen. I'll do the same in Alabama.

    A limited liability entity, a well-drafted and comprehensive release, and a large umbrella insurance policy can solve a lot of problems.
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    Thinking out loud here, from the picture the...

    Thinking out loud here, from the picture the flyer looks like it really either has to be in one of two places.

    First, you could think about throwing it out of the test at the very top right corner...
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    On the honor issue, I hear you. Have you tried...

    On the honor issue, I hear you. Have you tried positioning yourself where the dog would have to basically go around you to break? I have had to do this and also turn around and face into the dog...
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    John, that was precisely my experience in the Q I...

    John, that was precisely my experience in the Q I judged.
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    As luck would have it, I talked to someone today...

    As luck would have it, I talked to someone today who may be taking the plunge and running dogs in a Q in a couple weeks. I'll probably tag along and watch.

    One more thought about why folks shy...
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    [QUOTE=Rnd;1305411] I hear you about wanting...

    I hear you about wanting it, but I like to eat regularly, stay indoors with lights and water, and stay married to my lovely wife.
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    [QUOTE=wetdog;1305352] I think you are right...

    I think you are right as far as it goes. The follow up question would be how many amateurs are out there like that? Lanse Brown showing up is one thing. I am sure there is not one pro out there...
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    Time and experience are the things that all of us...

    Time and experience are the things that all of us rank amateurs need to get better, and the Qs would only help. I don't know why more people don't, because I would love to if I could. I think more...
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    I had the opportunity to judge an FT Q last...

    I had the opportunity to judge an FT Q last October, and I have a dog who has had some FT training and is working on his MH title, and I would agree that this would be the first separation. It was...
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    Mine is two-sided, but I may be living proof of...

    Mine is two-sided, but I may be living proof of the old adage about most handlers struggling to run a dog properly from one side, much less two.
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    There is, however, a great deal of evidence that...

    There is, however, a great deal of evidence that those "investigations" did not seem to be too interested in actually finding any evidence.
  25. Seems to be the obvious answer. I have done some...

    Seems to be the obvious answer. I have done some stuff as a first-time trainer that with a little experience and hindsight looks pretty stupid, but this one may take the cake. Just a bad idea with...
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