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    My husband is available to photograph trials...

    My husband is available to photograph trials October - May. During the summer he runs the ATP tennis tournament and can't take time off:

    http://www.dickclarkphoto.com/

    We live in Cincinnati.
  2. ME no longer does a force fetch. He did in the...

    ME no longer does a force fetch. He did in the past, but is unwilling to do it now.
  3. Again, I am not doing field work, I am doing...

    Again, I am not doing field work, I am doing obedience. But I feel like this community contains the experts on any type of retrieving. The problems that I am currently having in training is that he...
  4. Wow! I am really getting some good insights...

    Wow! I am really getting some good insights here. I am so glad that I asked this. To people who do this for a living, much of this must seem so obvious. But to newbies, there are nuances that we...
  5. Interesting question Mary Lynn Metras. I will...

    Interesting question Mary Lynn Metras. I will tell you that the dog (a Border Collie) who Connie force fetched has been very difficult because she and I had a poor relationship. It is improving...
  6. Thank you so much for your kind responses. One...

    Thank you so much for your kind responses. One of my dogs was force fetched by Connie. I've never had to use it for a retrieve correction but I do use it as Golden6824 points out for "you know what...
  7. Newbie Question...please be patient with me...

    Why is a force fetch needed for a dog that is crazy about the retrieve? I understand that the reason people do it is for those situations when the dog chooses not to retrieve, or to not retrieve the...
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    I have a Keeshond, Victor, who is now 9 years...

    I have a Keeshond, Victor, who is now 9 years old. He was diagnosed when he was 3 with Addisons. He takes a pill called Fludrocortisone and a very low dose of prednisone twice a day. Before he was...
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    My husband, Dick, and I are still planning to...

    My husband, Dick, and I are still planning to attend. My mother broke her hip last Wednesday, but as long as she is recovering well we will still be coming. Dick also has a website where he will...
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    Norton was named after Norton's Antivirus, not...

    Norton was named after Norton's Antivirus, not the honeymooners, so he does not have any friends named Ralph. But he does have a finance named Lizzy who is an English bulldog and his best friend is...
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    Funny. That is exactly what he says. He does...

    Funny. That is exactly what he says. He does work for a living, but if was up to him we'd all be on food stamps. He sure looks good while he is doing it however.
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    Norton will be coming too, but he does not...

    Norton will be coming too, but he does not retrieve ducks (or much else for that matter).

    http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt241/rzc7/NORTON_zpsa7a36ac3.jpg
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    I am also looking for advice on what food would...

    I am also looking for advice on what food would be welcome. We will be driving from Cincinnati. My husband, Dick, is a part-time dog sport photographer and a great cook. I only train dogs and I...
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    What date is the jamboree? Is it in Casey, IL. ...

    What date is the jamboree? Is it in Casey, IL. That is only about 3 1/2 hours from me....would a complete newbie be welcome? Toby has never touched a duck (I've only touched live ones) and he has...
  15. Dog freaks out when the electricity goes off in the middle of the night?

    Has anyone had experience with a dog that pants, paces and becomes extremely stressed when the electricity goes off in the middle of the night? This happens to my 10 yo every time and is getting...
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    I agree with you copterdoc. Have you watched...

    I agree with you copterdoc. Have you watched Michael Ellis's video entitled "finishing work"? He discusses this.
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    Great question. I've been wondering about...

    Great question. I've been wondering about exactly the same thing. IMO, OC is better for complex activities when there is not a huge amount of pressure. CC kicks in when there is a lot of pressure...
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    interesting article in Shotgun Life

    http://www.shotgunlife.com/wingshooting/wingshooting/expert-dog-trainer-robert-milner-says-heck-no-to-shock-collars.html
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    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and...

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and colorfully worded replies.

    I'm going to a Bridget Carlsen seminar next weekend and have a trip planned to visit Connie later this year.

    One of my main...
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    I do have the book, but I am not a fan. The...

    I do have the book, but I am not a fan. The highest title that Mr. Spector has achieved in competition is a CDX (on a sheltie). The CDX is a step down from the UD. I've earned 3 UDs in the past 4...
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    That is not a very helpful reply. Do any of your...

    That is not a very helpful reply. Do any of your dogs have a Utility Dog title? Probably getting a Utility Dog title with average scores in the low 90's would be so easy that you wouldn't find it...
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    Here is another specific problem for you to...

    Here is another specific problem for you to ponder. Olive (my Aussie) struggles with the "signal" exercise where I leave her in a stand position, walk 30 feet away, give a hand signal to "down",...
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    I am flattered that you find me so youthful Phil...

    I am flattered that you find me so youthful Phil as I am a 53 year old woman:) It has been quite some time since anyone referred to me as a kid....

    Here is a specific problem for you to chew on. ...
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    Another point that I want to make. I am NOT...

    Another point that I want to make. I am NOT critical of any of the trainers we've discussed and their methods. I do NOT think that Bill Hillman's soft collar approach is "nagging". I am just...
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    All of my disagreements with trainers are...

    All of my disagreements with trainers are regarding "reading my dog", and not so much the method I think. I had one trainer, Ms. A who thought my dog was not putting forth enough effort and needed...
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