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  1. I understand your situation. All I can suggest is...

    I understand your situation. All I can suggest is that it is necessary to watch any DVD about 10X before you get any clue! Also watch the end not just the beginning to see where you are headed. As...
  2. It sure would be nice if someday more folks would...

    It sure would be nice if someday more folks would study and understand the philosophy behind Mike's and Bill's approaches and programs. They might realize that you don't have to "switch" from one to...
  3. While I totally agree with your idea that...

    While I totally agree with your idea that confidence is the key, the set up you describe is a version of one of my drills that Lardy has dubbed Ontario 10 step. It's primary purpose is communication...
  4. I have a version of the dirt clod drill that is...

    I have a version of the dirt clod drill that is unique and amazingly effective. I just did it at a workshop with HUGE results. I am travelling thru w USA with rare WIFI so cannot describe here in...
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    Yes! I do this on home property with young dogs...

    Yes! I do this on home property with young dogs with emphasis on "over a period of time". One of biggest reasons for failing water marks is returning to old fall. Tread carefully!
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    I am saying "build" to 200 yard water marks....

    I am saying "build" to 200 yard water marks. Start with singles. Progress to doubles. Develop his comfort and confidence around water using exciting marks. He will be develop drive to go to non...
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    I presume you mean human concept? However, if...

    I presume you mean human concept? However, if Brett can solve his dilemma from this as well as your post #16, he's a better man than I. BJ what are you saying? That his dog says he does not have...
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    I don't know about anybody else but I don't think...

    I don't know about anybody else but I don't think this means a potential hole in swim-by. While the swim-by may have had holes, a well-done swim-by dog may still do what is described. There is a big...
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    For a dog that "just doesn't seem to have...

    For a dog that "just doesn't seem to have confidence in water", the indirect solution to running blinds is a ton more water marks, including doubles requiring memory. Get these going out to 200 yards...
  10. Since the suggestions seem to be taking an...

    Since the suggestions seem to be taking an historical bent AND since you are headed to AB and SK later, I reiterate my suggestions about Grasslands Nat Park but add on Cypress Hills in AB. In these...
  11. In a couple of weeks I am headed for your trip in...

    In a couple of weeks I am headed for your trip in reverse> SK>AB>BC>WA>MT>CO.

    Places to add to list are Grasslands National Park in SK. If a fly fisherman, Bow River in AB and Madison and Missouri...
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    Yes, Yes, Yes! I have argued this for decades. ...

    Yes, Yes, Yes! I have argued this for decades. It's a test of the honour dog not a random test of the running dog. I can't see the logic of any other philosophy.

    Does anybody advocate abnormal...
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    Wayne You are correct. BUT my Seven bumper...

    Wayne You are correct. BUT my Seven bumper reverse Lining Drill IS Hillmann's drill and I give him credit in my DVD. Kwicklabs is not doing Hillmann's Seven bumper dill but another that varies the...
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    ONTARIO TEN STEP I began using this technique...

    ONTARIO TEN STEP

    I began using this technique over 10 years ago but not for the purpose of teaching a dog to stay and hunt. I don't do it quite like Captainjack describes but he does have the gist...
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    For those of you that do Facebook, we just added...

    For those of you that do Facebook, we just added a Retrievers ONLINE Facebook page. We'll post updates on recent website additions as well related news and comments.

    Add to your favorites!! ...
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    PLUS failure by most to properly warm up and cool...

    PLUS failure by most to properly warm up and cool down!! What other athlete coaches don't insist on that? Only retriever trainers!
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    Absolutely run blind drills( I assume you are...

    Absolutely run blind drills( I assume you are following Lardy by your lingo). Blind drills are often short-cut but they teach literal casting and dealing with diversions. Do 5 days in 5 different...
  18. I mix marks and blinds all the time once my dog...

    I mix marks and blinds all the time once my dog is late Transition or Advanced level. This assumes I have no handling problems.

    The majority of my blinds have diversions such as marks, poison...
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    Hi Bridget Thanks for your orders. To see your...

    Hi Bridget

    Thanks for your orders. To see your purchased Collections, log In or if already logged in, go to My Account. You will see on the left "Collections:. Click on that and you will see all...
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    New Retrievers ONLINE Website

    Hello All RTFers

    I know a lot of you have been waiting for our new website. We launched it a few day ago and have been trouble-shooting the inevitable little fixes. We still have improvements to...
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    Jim Answer re literal cast in reply to Steve's...

    Jim

    Answer re literal cast in reply to Steve's post.

    Wonder why you feel you need to mark blinds all the time. I expect we have marked about 5 of them all winter. We practice handling to the...
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    After thousands of Stand Alones with many dogs, I...

    After thousands of Stand Alones with many dogs, I do not see this as a problem. I have had one dog that looked at a live gunner after they threw but that was not long-term. Since I usually move on to...
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    Jim In the interest of refinement and...

    Jim

    In the interest of refinement and improvement:

    Since you clearly recognized that Pounce identified the Ghillie marker why do you keep using in such open field situations? They have become...
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    Interesting that I have a pup at almost exactly...

    Interesting that I have a pup at almost exactly the same age and stage. While he is not yet 8 months, I have been slow to develop field work with gunners until his mechanics were solid. I have been...
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    Glen is correct. We are aiming for launch in...

    Glen is correct. We are aiming for launch in April. The new site will have many articles from the past as well as some new.
    Articles on Health and care, judging, product, gear and DVD reviews will...
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