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  1. I think my dog thinks this a lot

    I think my dog thinks this a lot
  2. I'll second what copterdoc said. Both are...

    I'll second what copterdoc said. Both are extremely important for a "hunting only" dog. Think about ice, current, or an impedance in the direct line to/from retrieve. It can really be a safety thing.
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    I've owned Avery, Cabela's and a local made...

    I've owned Avery, Cabela's and a local made brand, and like Rick, favor the Cabela's. Velcro can be a pain because it tends to pick up lent/grass etc, but is well worth the hassle because it allows...
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    My current dog I trained thru Transition with...

    My current dog I trained thru Transition with Lardy's materials before I considered her a "finished" hunting dog, one that I would take in field with my hunting buddies. That said, we are...
  5. Good read. Thanks for sharing.

    Good read. Thanks for sharing.
  6. A few ideas that come to mind: Can you take to...

    A few ideas that come to mind:
    Can you take to work with you, once twice a week? Take him for a walk/train at lunch/breaks?
    Doggie day-care, once twice a week?
    A Kong...
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    Thanks for all the info everyone. I'm definitely...

    Thanks for all the info everyone. I'm definitely running down to the local farm supply store to grab some Cowboy Magic. Think I'll grab a Furminator too.

    Already getting an earful of: "are you...
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    I can't even imagine how you must feel. Praying...

    I can't even imagine how you must feel. Praying that all dogs recover fully, and you get some answers.......
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    John-I picked the litter based on conversations...

    John-I picked the litter based on conversations regarding parents hunting ability, water/cold water attitude, progeny, ability to handle pressure.
    Dam: ...
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    First Golden

    4th retriever, first that's not a lab. The Mrs. has always loved Goldens, and I'm planning on getting her more involved in the training/games. Not looking to start a "Lab vs Golden" debate, or a...
  11. Not to hijack the thread, but I've been thinking...

    Not to hijack the thread, but I've been thinking about picking up the Hillmann puppy program to supplement between Sound Beginnings and TRT. I'm basically in the exact same boat as you, been doing...
  12. PM sent...

    PM sent...
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    Ruff Tough Large Kennel

    Sale @ Cabela's $149.99. Not promoting--don't own/need one--seems like a good deal, thought I'd pass along the link:
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  14. You wouldn't happen to be hunting in Othello, WA...

    You wouldn't happen to be hunting in Othello, WA would you?
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    A heated dog bed/pad has helped my dogs with...

    A heated dog bed/pad has helped my dogs with arthritis. Might give that a try.
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    I'm with you John. I live in Eastern WA, just...

    I'm with you John. I live in Eastern WA, just ran my dog on 4 125+yard water blinds this morning as a last little tune-up before the hunting gets serious (when you hunt big moving water like the...
  17. She put in a real good days work. No problems,...

    She put in a real good days work. No problems, just slow and steady...

    http://youtu.be/aXvWvkUQOYI
  18. Milfoil/aquatic weed question

    Early season goose for me tomorrow. Got a great spot scouted where geese have been gorging themselves on dense beds of milfoil in seasonally low water. I'm concerned about my dogs safety retrieving...
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    FF is bad

    Bad, bad, bad... when, on a hike with the dogs, one "retrieves" a half decomposed squirrel, sits at heel, proud as punch about her find that stinks to high heaven mind you, and then does exactly as...
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    Totally agreed. I have a BLF rescue that I've...

    Totally agreed. I have a BLF rescue that I've been through all of the above with. When I got her at 2, she was gun shy and had next to zero desire to retrieve, she'd roll over when you said "sit"...
  21. +1 My local RC Store has everything and MORE to...

    +1
    My local RC Store has everything and MORE to keep the BB's up and running.
    This is the replacement battery: http://store.batteriesamerica.com/search.aspx?find=5N700AACW
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    I highly recommended a trip to your local RC...

    I highly recommended a trip to your local RC hobby shop. I took my BB's in for some new batteries and the RC specialist was very interested in checking out how the BB's were made. Long story short,...
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    How does the Roomba do transitioning from hard...

    How does the Roomba do transitioning from hard woods to area rugs and vice versa? I'm seriously considering one. Spent 15 min looking at one last time I was at Costco.
  24. I'll second that. I have a couple of the Dokken...

    I'll second that. I have a couple of the Dokken teal. They are small, and the heads break off, but they work well with my BB's. I tie streamers to them where the head used to be.
  25. Not a pro, but this is my $.02: Your dog is...

    Not a pro, but this is my $.02:
    Your dog is birdie (that's a good thing).
    FF should clean up all the possission/mouth issues you mentioned.
    No more birds until after FF.
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