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    As you know in my case, this is a good rule to be...

    As you know in my case, this is a good rule to be able to use. I am also probably exploring the outer limits of "quietly" at times.
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    Same goes for most training groups as well. It's...

    Same goes for most training groups as well. It's like somebody told me about going to Paris several years ago. Learn a few French phrases and use them. You'll be so bad they will switch to English...
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    William, my dog Jimmy had to be neutered to play...

    William, my dog Jimmy had to be neutered to play the hunt test games. I did a LOT of research and came to the conclusion that I would wait until he was about 2 because that seemed to be the...
  4. Amen and amen. Get in front of something (like a...

    Amen and amen. Get in front of something (like a fence, as Kwick and DeWayne pointed out above) that will make him slow down - almost like it was his idea to start with and he is deciding to do it...
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    This is what Rorem specifically talks about. Do...

    This is what Rorem specifically talks about. Do the same thing to get to the line that you would in a test/trial. You can always put the collar on once you get the dog on the mat.
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    The dogs naturally want to look at the live...

    The dogs naturally want to look at the live flyer, sometimes to the exclusion of another tougher bird that they really need to get a good look at. Sometimes you block the dog from the live flyer on...
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    I hear you on that. It was a lot more exciting...

    I hear you on that. It was a lot more exciting to teach three-handed casting and watch the dog learn before my eyes, but my first time to the line in JH was a real eye-opener. If a dog can't sit...
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    Lots of cups of coffee, reading the paper, and...

    Lots of cups of coffee, reading the paper, and otherwise just sitting in holding blinds where nothing else happens did the trick for us. It's pretty boring, but as Darrin mentioned you have to...
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    There's a reason February is called "rehab month"...

    There's a reason February is called "rehab month" in my area, and this is it (duck season ends the last of January). There's no orange ribbon or flag marking the blind retrieves in a hunting...
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    I would agree with everything Dustin (dgengr)...

    I would agree with everything Dustin (dgengr) said except maybe not worrying about steadiness. I wish, given the high-powered dog I have, that I would have walked off the line a couple times in Jr...
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    In this area (only one I have any knowledge of)...

    In this area (only one I have any knowledge of) it is pretty common for the pro to want his bird throwers to throw rather than teaching you how to be a bird thrower, particularly with younger dogs...
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    Every time. Was a real eye-opener the first time...

    Every time. Was a real eye-opener the first time I walked to the line in JH.
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    I have a dog like this as my first dog (the dog...

    I have a dog like this as my first dog (the dog in my avatar), and it can absolutely be overwhelming at times. I can't tell you how many times I told my wife I was going to give him away and start...
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    One thing I did based on recommendations I...

    One thing I did based on recommendations I received was to tie a sock in a knot, wet it, and freeze it before giving it to pup to chew on. Might help out with the discomfort of teething.
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    Or to go grab a left-handed shovel from the truck.

    Or to go grab a left-handed shovel from the truck.
  16. This is all good discussion, and we may need...

    This is all good discussion, and we may need Frank Underwood from "House of Cards" to help us out here.

    I am not in favor of this bill. What I am trying to point out is that the bill does not...
  17. I would agree it is poorly written, but probably...

    I would agree it is poorly written, but probably in favor of our position. It would have been very easy to say "more than 10 dogs" period, which really would have been cause for alarm. There has...
  18. Well, it might if one of us has almost 20 years'...

    Well, it might if one of us has almost 20 years' experience in telling folks what statutes mean.

    I think the bill is aimed (quite correctly in my personal view) at true puppy mills, places where...
  19. Best I can tell from reading the actual proposed...

    Best I can tell from reading the actual proposed bill, the crux of the matter is Section 2(a), which says a "person commits the offense of unlawfully operating a puppy mill if the person has custody...
  20. Does anybody have a copy of the actual bill? I...

    Does anybody have a copy of the actual bill? I don't have any reason to disbelieve what Eric posted but it might be helpful to see the actual language. Not that anyone has ever disagreed on what a...
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    Get them started this way. Then put orange tape...

    Get them started this way. Then put orange tape on one side of the fence post (see, now it's a dual use fence post) and start using that facing the line, maybe moving up to start with and then...
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    I agree that you shouldn't do it in anger. I...

    I agree that you shouldn't do it in anger. I have been schooled that you never lose your temper with a dog, and I have tried really hard to make that so.

    That said, you can't let your dog blow...
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    Amen and amen. No offense meant to anyone,...

    Amen and amen.

    No offense meant to anyone, but if you had ever had a hard charger (or perhaps unwittingly allowed one to become a hard charger) completely blow you off at a test, you would...
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    Agreed 100%. You can get your point across...

    Agreed 100%. You can get your point across without being an idiot. That said, I see a lot of handlers in the JH stake ask their dogs to come in, which doesn't help either.
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    I see what you are saying, but we all know when a...

    I see what you are saying, but we all know when a dog is on honor he is not going, and if he goes (in Master) you are done, so my thinking is communicate to the dog "You ain't going right now." ...
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