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    I usually use the vibration on puppies to get...

    I usually use the vibration on puppies to get them used to the collar around 5 months old.
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    Update on this topic: bad news. When I got...

    Update on this topic: bad news.

    When I got him out on Monday morning to air and go for a walk he was worse. He also wouldn't drink. We got to the vet good and early. He was clearly worse and...
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    We're a good long ways from being ready to chase...

    We're a good long ways from being ready to chase a bird.

    I'm taking it nice and slow with him. He is drinking and peeing still, so I'm not too worried about his health. I feel pretty bad for...
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    Right now he doesn't even want to walk. He's...

    Right now he doesn't even want to walk. He's obviously spent a lot of time at heel, but he does it very reluctantly.

    We did get in some more time in the pond today and he seemed to enjoy...
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    Canine Depression

    So I have a dog that I suspicion is suffering from canine depression and I wonder if anyone here has had any experience helping a dog get his mojo back? Clearly, this needs a little back story...
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    Oddly enough... I think I can help out. I'll...

    Oddly enough... I think I can help out. I'll send you an email.
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    I have used quail. The pro we work with...

    I have used quail.

    The pro we work with largely uses quail.

    This is done for the most obvious reason to OP mentioned - cost. A flight conditioned quail can be found for less than 1/2 the cost...
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    Completely true, but surely you agree that you...

    Completely true, but surely you agree that you hedge your bet greatly by using the pedigree.

    Expectations are based at least partly (if not mostly) on blood.

    For example: if the dog is a...
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    There are only 2 questions here that really...

    There are only 2 questions here that really matter and they're both related:

    1. What is the dog's pedigree?

    2. What happens when you throw a live crippled bird down in front of her?
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    This was going to be my suggestion.

    This was going to be my suggestion.
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    I think you can save yourself a fair amount of...

    I think you can save yourself a fair amount of time that if they see a live pigeon/chukar flopping around on the ground and aren't crazy about going to chase it, you probably need to call the dog...
  12. I also have 2 young Porter pups. Here's hoping...

    I also have 2 young Porter pups. Here's hoping the old man pulls through!
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    Hand under the lower jaw right as you have her...

    Hand under the lower jaw right as you have her sit. Recommand the hold. Don't let her have the chance to fail if you are still teaching the concept.
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    x2 Also, I believe many dogs have a...

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    Also, I believe many dogs have a significant waxing and waning in retrieving desire until they are well past the teething ages. If the pup is 8 months old and you throw down a live bird and...
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    I worked with a dog that at 9 months had never...

    I worked with a dog that at 9 months had never been steadied and sent by his name. Huge drive and a stout young dog. I used about an 8' roped tied to the tree. I left enough slack for him to get 2...
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    This is great, thank you! I did know the...

    This is great, thank you! I did know the "immediate area" vs. "delivery to hand" which is surely what accounted for the distances from the water between the two different venues. The rest I...
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    AKC Junior vs HRC Started

    I've had the good opportunity to go watch an AKC and HRC hunt tests this spring. I've met a ton of great people and enjoyed watching dogs work. While at the tests I've been making careful notes and...
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    Fair enough!

    Fair enough!
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    Slow time of year? It's the middle of testing...

    Slow time of year? It's the middle of testing season. The bass are in the pond laughing at me for not hitting the water. I don't even want to think about the turkeys that I didn't get to chase...
  20. (KS) Repeat Breeding GMPR Sired Blacks and Yellows

    READY NOW (June 27th is 7 weeks): Final 2 Black Males
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    Sire: GMPR Blackjack's 3 Ring Vega "Vega"
    OFA Hips: Good LF-211299G24M-VPI
    OFA Elbows: Normal LR-EL65087M24-VPI
    CERF: Clear...
  21. It's a disease really, but there are worse...

    It's a disease really, but there are worse addictions. Good luck and enjoy the ride!
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    I started with a tarp over the kennels and I...

    I started with a tarp over the kennels and I ended up with this:
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    It... got a little out of hand.
  23. Thread: Raw Feeding

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    We have chosen to compromise on feeding raw. We...

    We have chosen to compromise on feeding raw. We primarily feed Pro Plan Performance, but when we have a pregnant or nursing female we supplement their dry food with raw venison mixed with powdered...
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    What do you mean by "full heat cycle?" Blood,...

    What do you mean by "full heat cycle?" Blood, but no estrus? If so, that's relatively common in young dogs. If heard it called "puppy heat."

    Sometimes the heat cycle isn't obvious. A good...
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    One other remarkable story about dogs being able...

    One other remarkable story about dogs being able to tell the difference is about the dog featured in my avatar, Ella. She's retrieved so many birds I don't know where to begin counting. She...
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