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    That's just technically sound dog training right...

    That's just technically sound dog training right there :)
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    Fake a throw, stop the dog with whistle and rope,...

    Fake a throw, stop the dog with whistle and rope, throw ball between you and the dog as a reward...
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    What would Skinner do?

    What would Skinner do?
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    You'll find that if you work him on a place board...

    You'll find that if you work him on a place board for a while you can get that behavior very naturally, then transfer it to your field work.
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    I'm sure that's a liability issue for them. They...

    I'm sure that's a liability issue for them. They advise you, your gun blows up, you sue them...
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    That's intensive pet dog training. $150/day is...

    That's intensive pet dog training. $150/day is cheap. We get upwards of $250 in the north jersey / NY area. Where I am the demographic doesn't support that kind of money but Aaron is in the DC metro...
  7. Do retrieving first and obedience second - don't...

    Do retrieving first and obedience second - don't combine the two right now...

    You're not ready to make obedience a pre-cursor to retrieving yet.

    Work hard on HERE! for a food reward. Too many...
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    Hey Steve, I just meant, it's more important to...

    Hey Steve, I just meant, it's more important to help a puppy become confident, learn how to experiment (and learn), that failure isn't the end all be all - to try again...

    If you have that - you...
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    Best thing you can teach them it so KEEP TRYING...

    Best thing you can teach them it so KEEP TRYING and EXPERIMENT with behavior, along with being comfortable in the world around them. I want a dog that can think under distraction and pressure and is...
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    Small jittery movements - even noise sometimes,...

    Small jittery movements - even noise sometimes, are actually unconscious behaviors that result from too much excitement. They are symptoms of another problem - too much boxed in energy.

    Thinking...
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    Good luck Wayne. Poor guy. We'll be thinking of...

    Good luck Wayne. Poor guy. We'll be thinking of you.
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    shuffle your feet much? :P

    shuffle your feet much? :P
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    Wouldn't we all love everything to go as planned,...

    Wouldn't we all love everything to go as planned, every single time?
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    Safety issue, could it be?

    Safety issue, could it be?
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    That sounds like a good trick too...

    That sounds like a good trick too...
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    For some dogs - heel has to be a sacred, always...

    For some dogs - heel has to be a sacred, always safe place to be or they get wonky. This can present some issues for retriever work where you might get something like happy feet that's tempting to...
  17. I can give you names of a couple of guys/gals who...

    I can give you names of a couple of guys/gals who started out on their own coming to club events, got hooked and now train with multiple groups.

    I was lucky to be taken in by a great group of...
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    He sounds like he's confused about pressure,...

    He sounds like he's confused about pressure, probably because you used it to reinforce the side and front sit.

    Stop using pressure within a dog's length of yourself. Make that the good spot. Too...
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    Just be careful to asses that he KNOWS what the...

    Just be careful to asses that he KNOWS what the nick means Mark. What you described is somewhat unusual but after conditioning via Hillmann it would seem correct.

    I use this "repairing" of...
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    ^^^ that isn't exactly a great idea

    ^^^ that isn't exactly a great idea
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    Much more time in group training with a lot of...

    Much more time in group training with a lot of excitement going on, while maintaining a high standard.

    Here's a trick too... Two leashes - pop his flat collar then immediately pop the prong......
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    If a low level nick with no command gets him to...

    If a low level nick with no command gets him to repair his behavior try going a little harder. Many dogs aren't even aware of this slight change in the behavior. Sounds like your guy KNOWS...
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  23. There are few, if any people here who have...

    There are few, if any people here who have actually solved a retriever problem with 100's of dogs. Many of those who have the most "experience", and this is no offense to them, have their dogs...
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    They will fetch to earn a reward or avoid a...

    They will fetch to earn a reward or avoid a punishment, until fetching becomes the reward itself.

    In Schutzhund they say "brings" - if you're looking for a new approach.
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    Why is it that everyone is so gung-ho to run...

    Why is it that everyone is so gung-ho to run retrievers when they don't have good recall in place?
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