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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the info. I talked with...

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the info. I talked with a rep from Invisible Fence today who also happens to be a very accomplished obedience trainer that I've worked with before. She said the same thing -...
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    Invisible Fence by Pond

    Looking for some advice on dog containment in a backyard that backs up to a pond.

    I don't have a fence. And my 1 year old curly coated retriever free ranges with me in and around the yard. I...
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    Again, thanks. Obviously, I need to practice my...

    Again, thanks. Obviously, I need to practice my technique as much or more than he needs to learn the signal - probably true for many training principles. I notice that when I try to blow with lower...
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    Again, thanks for the info. I wonder if come-in...

    Again, thanks for the info. I wonder if come-in would be more useful in upland hunting when the dog gets a little too far out.
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    Thanks, guys! I have Hillman's DVD and what...

    Thanks, guys! I have Hillman's DVD and what you're describing is what I seem to observe him doing in the DVD. But I wanted to be sure I have it right before I started practicing this for several...
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    Newbie Whistle Commands Question

    I promise I tried searching for this info first! :)

    "Sit" is a quick, short, strong toot. But what do people use for "Come-in"? I'm looking forward to seeing different phonetic interpretations...
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    Had to google that. You're right, that does...

    Had to google that. You're right, that does sound strange but it makes sense. After all, I read in James Spencer's Training Retrievers for Marshes and Meadows that force fetch was initially...
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    That's the other thing I need to focus on, is...

    That's the other thing I need to focus on, is keeping it short. I feel like I throw a couple of good ones and then think, that's it? Or, the opposite, I throw one or two and he's not that interested...
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    Pup does love the water. And he loves to explore...

    Pup does love the water. And he loves to explore and is very curious. So, I think I need to keep it fun, fun, fun with everything we do. And just be patient. He's really smart and I'm sure he'll do...
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    Thanks. I bought it after reading lots of...

    Thanks. I bought it after reading lots of threads about early puppy work on the RTF. I've watched the first half twice. Haven't had a chance to watch the whole thing yet. But the DVD is one of...
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    LOL!!! Will do, your honor!

    LOL!!! Will do, your honor!
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    Thanks for the help. Seems to me that you're...

    Thanks for the help. Seems to me that you're right on. I'll try those things.

    But you bring up a point I've wondered about which is: I've got 4 young kids, my house backs up to a pond, there's a...
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    Play Retrieving Good Days & Bad Days

    Total Newb here with a total newb question, if it please the court ;)

    My 3 month old pup has days when he wants to chase a bumper and days when he really doesn't regardless of his mood, how long...
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    I'm sorry, I have absolutely nothing to add to...

    I'm sorry, I have absolutely nothing to add to this thread other than to say that you guys are all amazing! Thanks so much to everyone in this community. I've been lurking here for a long time till...
  15. Thread: Front Sit?

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    That's what I was looking for, too. Thanks!

    That's what I was looking for, too. Thanks!
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    We have some cool terrain opportunities close by...

    We have some cool terrain opportunities close by but nothing like that. That's absolutely perfect.
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    Thanks guys! Great advice. That really helps. ...

    Thanks guys! Great advice. That really helps. I'm really embarassed that I didn't google it before posting. On the other hand, it's nice to stick with a trustworthy source!
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    Any new insight on this topic? I'm curious about...

    Any new insight on this topic? I'm curious about how best to rig things for using my bike. BTW - I have a mountain bike and have easy access to dirt roads, bike trail, pavement, some fields. But I...
  19. Just out of curiosity, how do you run them by the...

    Just out of curiosity, how do you run them by the bike? I've been afraid they might get tangled and we all tumble if on lead; or run over by a car (happened to a buddy of mine) if off lead running...
  20. Thread: Whistle ?

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    Thanks! That's what I'll do.

    Thanks! That's what I'll do.
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    I've been lurking and thought I'd take the dive...

    I've been lurking and thought I'd take the dive and jump in finally. I have a question about "silent" whistles. Can you guys weigh in on those? I've read that not all dogs respond well to them,...
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