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  1. I sent you a PM with my phone #.

    I sent you a PM with my phone #.
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    A very wise friend suggested that we share our...

    A very wise friend suggested that we share our opinions on the AKC Facebook page as well...

    https://www.facebook.com/AmericanKennelClub

    I posted my letter there.
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    I just sent the following email to these people...

    I just sent the following email to these people at the AKC: jdm@akc.org, dvl@akc.org, pcm@akc.org, dbs@akc.org, gml@akc.org

    "As an owner of 4 dogs who have competed in AKC performance events for...
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    I am also doing FTP so will follow this with...

    I am also doing FTP so will follow this with interest. I will say that I recently had an experience with another dog, my border collie, who is 75% finished with her OTCH...at the end of July she was...
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    Two Force To Pile Questions

    I am following the Lardy DVD method. We've been working on FTP for about a week. It is going well. Normally he drives very hard in a straight line to the pile. Last night on a remote send (right...
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    Great discussion! Soaking it all in!

    Great discussion! Soaking it all in!
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    I will go to a Lardy seminar as soon as possible....

    I will go to a Lardy seminar as soon as possible. I am a very good student. My flaws are that I am overly obsessive and too competitive. This has caused me to have some problems with dogs burning...
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    I can throw a duck and I live near Cincinnati OH....

    I can throw a duck and I live near Cincinnati OH. Would love to get together with people already competing in field trials for the day to train. We are working on FTP currently and are making good...
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    you are 100 % correct. Thank you.

    you are 100 % correct. Thank you.
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    On to FTP. For mistakes that are just...

    On to FTP.

    For mistakes that are just learning mistakes, I will say no and sit or no and here and start over, simplify the situation so that I am sure he will get it right the next time and try...
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    banknote, welcome! Good to meet someone newer...

    banknote, welcome! Good to meet someone newer than I am at RTF! And this is an excellent question. Indirect pressure is an amazing and powerful concept. It is completely counter intuitive and, as...
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    It is no wonder that I am confused. No more...

    It is no wonder that I am confused. No more indirect pressure for me until this becomes crystal clear.
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    Why do I need a rope if he stops when I tell him...

    Why do I need a rope if he stops when I tell him to stop?

    I think that the reason he is making A FEW mistakes is because a) the piles are further apart...which I agree is a different picture and...
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    Okay. The answer to my question is that he must...

    Okay. The answer to my question is that he must be sitting before I give the nick. I think the fuzziness in my head about the correct sequence of events was causing me to be even slower.

    Are...
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    Renee, that is exactly right. I am trying to...

    Renee, that is exactly right. I am trying to follow the Lardy flowchart to a T! Toby knows simple casting, he knows collar conditioning for sit and come. I've done two sessions of collar force. ...
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    Mary Lynn...I am past simple casting. Now I have...

    Mary Lynn...I am past simple casting. Now I have returned to it to introduce indirect pressure. He already understands simple casting. The only reason he is making mistakes is that he is getting a...
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    He will sit when I say sit even without a rope. ...

    He will sit when I say sit even without a rope. The problem is that by the time I get "sit" out of my mouth he is already at the pile! What has been happening the past two sessions is that he grabs...
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    Question on introducing indirect pressure

    I am not clear on the timing involved in introducing indirect pressure. Here is a specific scenario. We are doing simple casting (3 H casting). I give a right back cast and Toby takes a right...
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    I don't know anything about this trainer, but I...

    I don't know anything about this trainer, but I have figured out how to access the quality of a trainer throughout my years of doing obedience. If you ask for opinions on a trainer you will often...
  20. I ordered a Golden Lakes jacket last week. Tom...

    I ordered a Golden Lakes jacket last week. Tom was super nice. He is going to put some elastic in the waist to make it fit my womanly curves. I can't wait to get it!
  21. Toby is a member of the study. It is a great...

    Toby is a member of the study. It is a great cause!
  22. 1tulip, I am not completely immune to your...

    1tulip, I am not completely immune to your vices...I've bought more clothing in the past two months than I have in the past 20 years....mostly black and white tops to match my border collie. Now if...
  23. copterdoc, I completely agree with you. That is...

    copterdoc, I completely agree with you. That is what I did tonight. I used a flexi lead and a single pile in each of the positions. So I first worked the right over, then I worked the left over,...
  24. copterdoc LOL! I appreciate your honesty. I...

    copterdoc LOL! I appreciate your honesty. I knew immediately where he was going when he left. He is a good boy and is as honest as the day is long.
  25. copterdoc, He had not pooped yet. He went off...

    copterdoc, He had not pooped yet. He went off pooped, my husband stopped filming, he finished pooping and picked up the bumper on the way back. If I had a better husband I would have been able to...
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