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    Both of you have pretty much confirmed my...

    Both of you have pretty much confirmed my thinking. I know that the heat is obviously dangerous to the dogs, but I do not want to make training drudgery. When the dog normally enjoys working and...
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    Heat index of 103 at 8PM

    I'm in Northeast Texas and it is hot and humid. In conditions like this is it better to just not train. I know to keep sessions as short as possible, but my dog doesn't act like he wants to do...
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    Wayne, your videos really helped. I used the...

    Wayne, your videos really helped. I used the method in the third video, the one where you throw it in motion to the back cast and started with the fetch command and phased in the back command. It...
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    Wayne, Thanks for the videos, especially the...

    Wayne, Thanks for the videos, especially the third one that illustrates what you were talking about with starting out throwing the bumpers from an extended arm. That really helps.

    Kwicklabs,...
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    Guys, I really appreciate all the constructive...

    Guys, I really appreciate all the constructive comments and ideas. Now I have some other options and things to try to work through this step and I also know what I was doing right which is equally...
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    Wayne, this program follows the same progression....

    Wayne, this program follows the same progression. Let me see if I understand what you are saying, are you saying that you start the commands off with the familiar "fetch" command and gradually layer...
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    GDGNYC, This is the first dog I have ever...

    GDGNYC,

    This is the first dog I have ever trained so I am in completely new territory here. : )

    Thanks,

    AA
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    Tony, thanks for the reply. I have not done FTP...

    Tony, thanks for the reply. I have not done FTP as he does it after the basic 3 handed casting on the video. I have wondered if I might not be ahead to go ahead and do FTP and see if that helps...
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    Having trouble with 3 handed casting

    I am following Duck Dog Basics and I am now to Duck Dog Basics II. I have started trying to teach the 3 handed casting drill covered in the video. The first day my dog did okay on the back command...
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    ducks in close proximity to dogs

    I have bought a few ducks with the intention of using them for training my labs. I am planning to keep them in a penned area not far from where my dogs are kenneled. Someone I hunt with told me he...
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    Thanks

    Thank you to everyone for all of the helpful responses. I have been thinking about this all day and from what I see and a little self reflection, I need to slow down and use less force. I was...
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    FF help

    I am working through FF according to Lardy. My dog is pretty good with hold and I am moving on to fetch. I have started teaching "fetch" with the ear pinch. I am working on teaching him that the...
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    Wayne, Thank you for the guidance, now I know....

    Wayne,

    Thank you for the guidance, now I know. I will keep my finger off the button during retrieves. It sounds like I need to work on some fun retrieves to get him enjoying it again and then...
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    Duckquilizer, I have a time or two to get him...

    Duckquilizer,

    I have a time or two to get him to return directly to me instead of running off with it. I see your point. I didn't think about that connection before you brought it up. I guess...
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    Wayne, I looked at the flow chart you...

    Wayne,

    I looked at the flow chart you mentioned. It looks like I need to go ahead and finish force fetch before I continue with the collar. Is that what you are saying? I had hoped I would not...
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    Please help me work through this problem

    My 15 month old YLM is bird crazy and retrieved ducks very well last season. I have since taken him through "hold" training, not the entire force fetch process and I am now working through collar...
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    Howard, No, there is no real reason. He is my...

    Howard, No, there is no real reason. He is my first dog to train and I am just now getting to it. It took me longer than it should have, but I am still learning.

    Rick, I was wondering if it...
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    New problem

    I have a 14 month old YLM who hunted with great success this past season. He has recently started to not come back on retrieves. His desire is still there and he runs hard off the line after the...
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    Thanks

    Thank you Roseberry, that's what I was looking for. Just a ballpark idea of what to expect and look for.

    Thanks again,

    American Ace
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    Puppy question

    I am currently looking for a puppy. I am mainly interested in a hunting dog and while I would not rule out eventually being interested in hunt tests, it is not a high priority for me. I of course...
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    Thanks!!!!, That really answers some of the...

    Thanks!!!!,

    That really answers some of the questions I had about the details of moving on from teaching the commands to making them reliable and consistant. As I said, I really did not have any...
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    Thanks Steve, I understand what you are saying...

    Thanks Steve,

    I understand what you are saying and will work on this. Is there a rule of thumb as far as how long this should take for each command? Should I work on each for a week and then...
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    Anyone else?

    Anyone else?
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    Evan, I have read and re-read this section of...

    Evan,

    I have read and re-read this section of your response several times today. I just want to be sure I understand what you are saying. You talk about conditioning to pressure. Am I correct...
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    Wayne, No offence taken. I appreciate the...

    Wayne,

    No offence taken. I appreciate the feedback as it is the only way to improve. I know that you can't cut corners, and any I have cut have been unintentional. That is part of my...
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