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    I've got BLM that turned 6 months last week. I know I'm getting close to time for force fetch, this will be my first dog to FF.

    I've got quite a bit of business travel in the next couple weeks and was thinking I would start FF after that when I know I'll be in town for a while and can work with him every day. I've got the Lardy books and DVDs altough I do think they are a bit skimpy on FF. I figured I'll spend the next couple weeks re-reading and re-watching those. Any advice for someone going through this process the first time?

    I may have more questions as we progress, so I hope y'all will tolerate them. He is a very trainable, eager to please pup so i'm hoping things go fairly smoothly.

    There are still a couple small gaps between his teeth but they don't seem to be bothering him at all, do I need to wait until they are 100% in before starting FF? All the teeth seem to have broken through.

    Thanks in advance.

    DH

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    I FF'd my first one just not too long ago also. I waited till I was 100% sure her teeth were in, think she was 7 mo. old. I'm not familiar with the program you are using but am sure it's a good one. I used Evans Smartworks Smatfetch dvd program & was absolutely amazed at how it went for me. You're right to wait till you got plenty of time to take with it to make sure it's thorough. You'll do fine.

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    Get smartfetch if you want more meaty information on the process
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    I've got the smartworks stuff too. I referenced the Lardy material because the rest of his program seems to make more sense to me and everyone has warned me about mixing programs.

    Thanks for the advice, I'll review the smartworks stuff.

    DH

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    You ned the SMART FETCH book, specifically on that topic, vs, the abbreviated version in smartworks 1.

    It is essentially the same as the lardy method so I don't think studying both will hurt you. I studied both and it came out OK with my 4 yo dog.

    yea, I didnt' do it when I should have and we both paid the price.
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    Default FF by video

    This is explained very well on the Fowl Dawgs videos. A good pro program to look into is the Fowl Dawgs videos by Rick Stawski. They are a great tool from the beginning trainer to the seasoned pro. You can order the first one from his web site. The second video will be out shortly.


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    Good luck

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    This is explained very well on the Fowl Dawgs videos. A good pro program to look into is the Fowl Dawgs videos by Rick Stawski. They are a great tool from the beginning trainer to the seasoned pro. You can order the first one from his web site. The second video will be out shortly.


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    Good luck

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    I agree.. I just got thru FF'ing my pup following Evan Graham. It's an awesome dvd.

    I watched the entire program several times LOL!

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    AMEN ON FOWL DOGS. HE'S WORKING DOG THAT'S NOT A PERFECT PUPIL.

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    Get a pro!

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