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    Default Hardest handler caused problems to correct in young dogs?

    In talking with other new retriever trainers, many of us worry we are gonna do something to screw our dogs up bad that will be very hard to correct.

    For you experienced trainers, which seems to be the vast majority on this site, what are the 2 or 3 hardest handler caused problems to correct in young dogs?

    Thanks in advance for your responses.

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    Don’t use too much pressure. Just keep working on it. Teach your dog and program ur self. Keep ur Standard high.

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    poor line manners - IMO - creeping, breaking (controlled breaks), lack of good obedience from the holding blind to the line.
    The way I look at it, every dog is an opportunity to be a better trainer, and every day is a new day to be a better trainer to the same dog we trained yesterday.

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    all the above

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    Not following a program or modifying it. Understand how each step builds on the previous.

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    Spinning. If you happen to develop/cause spinning that can be a real headache.

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    1 - Not using appropriate pressure/corrections when they are really warranted. People are afraid of the collar and afraid of correcting their dogs. The dogs develop deap-seated problems of avoidance and laziness that could be 100% avoided, and are really difficult to un-train.
    2 - Nit-picking while setting up for either pile work or later, blinds. Causing all sorts of bugging and other avoidance behavior. The handler needs practice so they do way too much of this, the dog starts to get anxious and phobic about the whole process.
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    I don't know which problems are the hardest to correct or if they are the same for all dogs.
    Handlers cause problems in four ways, OK many ways but here are four IMO.

    1. Too much
    Pressure, in frequency and severity also timing and consistency of correction.

    2. Too soon
    Pushing a young dog too fast. Introducing difficult concepts before the dog is ready. Competing rather than teaching with a training group. Very easy to do.

    3. Too often
    Repeating a concept too often while neglecting others. A balanced approach must be maintained.

    4. Too little
    Not challenging a dog. Too much simple stuff causes boredom and lack of concentration for both handler and dog.
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    You want as your number one goal to have a happy relaxed confident dog you take to the line.
    If he's not happy confident and relaxed he wont do as well as possible.
    Additionally its almost always your fault

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    Good thread

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