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Thread: "Nick" in Hillmann's "Training the Retriever Puppy" DVD

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    Default "Nick" in Hillmann's "Training the Retriever Puppy" DVD

    Mostly, I was wondering if anyone would know how old the puppy was when Bill started working him. But also, I'm curious about what might have become of "Nick". Does anyone happen to know where he went and what he's done?

    My new pup was born on 29 October and she is waaaaay too young physically and mentally to be as ready as Nick was in the videos. (For one thing, her little neck wouldn't hold an e-collar. If she had one on she'd tip over onto her nose she'd be so front-heavy.) She has a baby-attention span.

    Nevertheless... I wanted to know when to expect her to be ready for the Hillmann protocol.

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    Nick is 11 weeks at the beginning.

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    IF I remember correctly, Nick passed away. Actually I think there was a thread posted on here to that effect and Mr. Hillman responded with his condolences.

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    Look at the credits at the end of the video. It gives the details about Nick's timeline.
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    http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...=nick+hillmann

    That is a link to the discussion when Nick passed. It's been almost a year since Nick passed away.

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    Nick was a young dog at the end of life. Most tragic.

    I think only a handful of puppies progress at the rate Nick did in this video. Nick set the bar pretty high. He was precocious. I'm not sure what that means long term.

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    So sorry to hear that his life wasn't as long as he deserved. Still, as it turned out... he did an awful lot to help a lot of other young dogs.

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    Nick died of blastomeosis last fall. He was all age qualified at 3 and earned 15 derby points while competing against "Punch" in every derby he ran. he did win two derbies. Nick was an easy going dog who was trained by Bill through his derby career. Brick Hjalik finished his training and ran him in all age trials. He just died too young. I still miss him. Steve Becker
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    I had the pleasure of running my current lab in several derbies with Nick and Punch (and Bill).

    They are memories I hope to retain forever.

    Nick was a neat dog and he did some very cool things.

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