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    For people that have had dogs with pros. What did u do with the pro training wise before he handed the dog over to you before hunting season or trial season. I would think this would be an important step. Especially for an owner with no prior handling experience.

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    Move in with him...
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    Go and train with your dog and the Pro as much as you can. I personally like it when I have a client that comes out a lot and trains with their dogs. That way when they go home they know exactly what the dog is and is not capable of doing and there are no questions about whether or not I did my job. If you have a dog that is going to handle then it is especially important for you to go out and learn how to work with the dog as a team, especially if this is something that you have never done before. It will also give you an idea how your dog reacts in certain situations. Does he like to cheat cover bad, fight up hills, fall down hills, fade bad with the wind, etc... These are all things that will be trained for hopefully, depending on the dogs level, but they are still good for you to know, especially if you are going to handle in tests and trials yourself. My advice is to do what hutinman said and forward your mail to his house.

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    I have a place so owners can stay as long as they like when they pick fido up. I just had an Army guy get home from deployment and spent 4 days with us. He watched me work all the dogs and he handled his dog everyday he was here. I have another coming from La later this month and is staying the weekend. On the other hand I've had people show up to pick up there dog and want to leave right away.

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    My trainer is out of state. The first time I used him I had no idea what to expect really. I had read a lot and did a lot of basic obedience, but beyond that I wasn't experience. Which meant, I really didn't know what I wanted, besides a hunting dog that was well behaved that I could be proud to hunt with. With that being said, I drove to the trainers state and he educated me on his programs, techniques and what the dog learned. Not only did I handle my dog, I handled some of the other dogs as well. It gave me a great idea of how things worked behind the curtain so to speak. He also told me what I needed to continue to work on and a plan to follow. Due to time constraint and money I was able to stay for 3 days, which was nice since I was there from start to finish each day seeing and learning yard, field and water work. I highly recommend it.

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