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    My experience mirrors Pats'. Highly recomended...

    My experience mirrors Pats'. Highly recomended trainer. The dog spent 5 months there and I couldn't have been more disapointed. Likewise I believe he would practice a couple exercises just before...
  2. Enroute force was only needed a few times. In T...

    Enroute force was only needed a few times. In T work he knows where the "back" pile is and he runs to it unless stopped.

    Bridget, I think the wagon wheel idea might do some good. Maybe I havent...
  3. A lot of the comments above are good. I never...

    A lot of the comments above are good. I never used a man made marker on the PB's. Instead I used a large tree(s), a bushy cedar, and the corner of a cornfield (ok that might qualify as manmade). I...
  4. His yard work was good and continues to look...

    His yard work was good and continues to look good. He has never shown a clear "lock on". It was more the "wait for him to look at the back pile before sending". His attitude is good. Blinds or...
  5. Searching for the bumper instead of running the line

    Brief history: Gauge is 1 1/2 yrs old and has been through FF, CC, T, and TT. We have worked pattern blinds out to 200 yards. I'm sure there is more I need to include here but...

    My problem: If...
  6. Thread: handheld gps

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    I use the Garmin Oregon. It is very nice. Expect...

    I use the Garmin Oregon. It is very nice. Expect a learning curve no matter what you get. Don't go cheap is my advice. There are forums out there. Read through them. Accuracy out in the open is...
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    "doesn't want to let go" This is common. The...

    "doesn't want to let go"
    This is common. The whole process is no fun for the dog or the trainer. Assuming you release the pressure as soon as the dowel is in his mouth, he has learned how to...
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    Yep, I agree. Also, Watch your tone. Keep a...

    Yep, I agree. Also, Watch your tone. Keep a level voice (same tone, same volume). You mention more or less pressure. Make sure you don't get more forceful with the command at the same time. He...
  9. I don’t chime in on many of these discussions but...

    I don’t chime in on many of these discussions but I wanted to expand on the examples of aversive stimuli lest someone object to it’s use.
    Yelling “NO” or Ahhh, “Lunging at” or “towering over” a dog,...
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    Lateral Ligament Displacement

    Gauge is a 17 month old Boykin.

    A few weeks ago I noticed that Gauge would limp intermittantly (right rear). It was worse over the weekend so I decided it was time to take him to the vet. His knee...
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    Yes BALANCE!!! Gauge was slow to here. I had...

    Yes BALANCE!!!

    Gauge was slow to here. I had to do a lot of collar work to encourage him to get the lead out. More here work means more of everything for balance. I was including sit and a lot...
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    The dog has a right to bite you

    The dog has a right to bite you
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    I like all of the suggestions above. As she is...

    I like all of the suggestions above.
    As she is coming around into the heel position, see if you can meet her with your hand in front of the mouth. Don't let her drop that bumper. If you can...
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    Live snake (copperhead), rotten armadillo, rotten...

    Live snake (copperhead), rotten armadillo, rotten deer parts, large rat, I'm sure there's more
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    His drive to the pile is nice. It's the trot...

    His drive to the pile is nice. It's the trot back that has no style. I have begun here-nick if he is not running back. He's improving.

    Interesting praise issue - I noticed the other day he...
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    Good. I didn't like the mowed TT anyway. I...

    Good. I didn't like the mowed TT anyway. I thought that was the "right way". It will be gone this afternoon.
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    A few pointers on TT please

    We have been through FF, CC, FTP, and done the mini T. Now I have a larger TT mowed out back and Gauge understands the game. I have two things that Id like to improve and I could use some...
  18. Thread: Need help!!!

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    I don't think the alarm is a real issue, but you...

    I don't think the alarm is a real issue, but you can turn it on and off once or twice before leaving it off and putting it on the dog.
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    This forum will break you of that habit.

    This forum will break you of that habit.
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    Lazer tag? anyone?

    Gauge is a little over a year old. We have been through FF and we are working on FTP with the e-collar. His OB is good with moderate distractions.

    This is not a skills issue, but might be an OB...
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    Word of caution. You have good intentions but...

    Word of caution. You have good intentions but make sure the rest of the family is fully commited to your rules for the hunting dog. I have a higher standard for my working dog. Sit before we enter...
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    NO x10 I lost my dog 2 years ago. This past...

    NO x10

    I lost my dog 2 years ago. This past year my buddy lost his dog. This year "I" was the dog. My replacement is in training. You are proposing that our group (4 guys) must lay out of...
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    I am out of town today. I'll try to get my son...

    I am out of town today. I'll try to get my son to video the excersize tonight.
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    I agree. That's why I put this thread up. ...

    I agree. That's why I put this thread up.

    Evan, your comment that he is "beating the drill instead of becoming conditioned" is a good way of wording it.

    What do I look for to determine...
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    Force Fetch Question

    I'm following Evan's FF method. We started FF Friday. I know I don't want him to go through it too fast. but he figured out how to turn the pressure off quick.

    Friday-3rd fetch he grabbed for...
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