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  1. You know what? I agree with you. Imagine if...

    You know what?
    I agree with you.

    Imagine if they had shown the child cast doing other things that responsible dog owners "make" their dogs do.
    Like sleeping in a crate, being taught OB on a...
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    Regardless, I'm reasonably certain that 9 times...

    Regardless, I'm reasonably certain that 9 times out of 10, a "NO!, HERE!" followed by a verbal BACK! will get the exact same course correction that a "NO!, HERE! followed by a LEFT! (or gee, haw, or...
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    This is just my personal opinion, but I think...

    This is just my personal opinion, but I think that your time is far better served in training/teaching the dog to reliably take the exact cast that you give, that it can see, than in trying to train...
  4. Thread: Swift heel?

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    Good. Keep the OB sessions and the marking...

    Good. Keep the OB sessions and the marking sessions separate until the dog has a very thorough understanding of the commands, and all of the form(s) of pressure used to enforce them.

    Keep all...
  5. Thread: Swift heel?

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    If you have to apply pressure in training...

    If you have to apply pressure in training involving marks, make sure that it's not right next to you. At least not at first.

    Doing things like "steadying" a young dog right at your side, can...
  6. I imagine that the first day that we need to...

    I imagine that the first day that we need to teach dogs to use their nose, will come many years after we first need to teach fish to swim.
  7. While you are at it, try saying the word "here"...

    While you are at it, try saying the word "here" or "sit" instead of "toot-toot" or "toot".
  8. I wonder if minds would be changed much if they...

    I wonder if minds would be changed much if they considered the fact that a controlled break, from either the working or the honor dog, in such a lowly stake as a Master HT, results in mandatory...
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    Nobody knows what they don't know. The only...

    Nobody knows what they don't know.

    The only ones that are possibly in a position to bring our attention to what we don't know, are the ones that are standing there, watching what we are doing,...
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    I don't want to "beat you up" too much, but...

    I don't want to "beat you up" too much, but didn't you just enter (and fail) this dog, that you are just now thinking of starting on triples, in a Senior test three months ago?

    What does your...
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    http://www.retrievertraining.net/got.htm

    http://www.retrievertraining.net/got.htm
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    Have you tried shooting a flyer in the house?

    Have you tried shooting a flyer in the house?
  13. Thread: split nail

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    A split nail with a limp is nothing to fool with....

    A split nail with a limp is nothing to fool with. They can go bad, and when they do it's very, very, bad.
    They often get infected, and even worse, the infection can easily get into the bone.

    It...
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    Going to a place that the dog already knows to go...

    Going to a place that the dog already knows to go to, is one thing.

    Going to a place that the dog doesn't know to go to, is an entirely different thing.

    Especially when there are other things...
  15. Thread: Snakebit

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    So you loosened the bandana. Just kidding. ...

    So you loosened the bandana.

    Just kidding.


    Poor guy. I'm glad that he's doing okay now. And I'm also glad that we don't have to worry about poisonous snakes, or gators, in my neck of the...
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    I wouldn't take home a puppy, if the Breeder...

    I wouldn't take home a puppy, if the Breeder didn't already have papers in hand. I've heard way too many horror stories, and I can't recall any that ended well for the buyer.
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    The bark collar doesn't say QUIET before/as it...

    The bark collar doesn't say QUIET before/as it nicks her does it?

    If she understands a cold burn from the bark collar, she'll also understand a cold burn from an E-collar in the same situation.
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    I haven't personally found that dogs understand...

    I haven't personally found that dogs understand commands given via speaker, as anything even closely resembling a known command spoken directly.

    But I haven't tried it over high dollar,...
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    ^^^^^^ And it requires that the radio in the dog...

    ^^^^^^ And it requires that the radio in the dog box has VOX capability. Most radios have a port for an external VOX mic/headset.

    Might not want to put the radio in the dog box, as dogs tend to...
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    It very well could be. Truly high-powered dogs...

    It very well could be. Truly high-powered dogs are a handful for anybody.
    And usually overwhelming for a first-timer.
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    I've read through your previous posts. I'm not...

    I've read through your previous posts.

    I'm not sure that this is the right type of dog for you, right now.
    When/if you decide to give up, I'll be willing to give her a shot.

    She sounds like...
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    Rusty Haglund should still be down south in/near...

    Rusty Haglund should still be down south in/near Bonham. He spends Summer training up north. As do most of the good Trainers from TX.
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    I'd say that the dog still has to prove to be...

    I'd say that the dog still has to prove to be "right" about where it thinks the bird is.

    There's no credit given for "good guess, eventually" in a HT.
    Although it does pull a lot of weight when...
  24. It's easier to understand if you think of...

    It's easier to understand if you think of changing the dial like changing to a different color plug.

    It used to be that you couldn't change the "dial" setting without swapping out a different...
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    This is one of the reasons that I don't think...

    This is one of the reasons that I don't think that I can Judge HT's. I don't think that I could pass a dog that I wouldn't want to own. Even if they do passing "work".

    But I still see dogs fail,...
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