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    I have a 10 month old and his training is coming along great, the problem that I'm having is his whining in the holding blind. Once he is on the mat he is all business and quiet as a church mouse, any suggestions.
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    Stay in the holding blind longer, don't go to the line until he is quiet. If you are training with a group, set up a second blind so others don't have to wait on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnydee View Post
    I have a 10 month old and his training is coming along great, the problem that I'm having is his whining in the holding blind. Once he is on the mat he is all business and quiet as a church mouse, any suggestions.
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    Which way you facing the dog in the holding blind? Sometimes having them face outward seems to quiet them. Sometimes. Just a simple suggestion. And sometimes you have to live with it.
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    Terry, how loud? Choose your battles. Teach quiet if really bothersome. Hold muzzle,"quiet" .Let go. Repeat and rinse as needed. Many times dogs don't even know they are doing it.

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    Sounds like he's excited to have his turn and knows what's next after the holding blind. Break up the routine. Try going to the gallery from the holding blind or to the truck. Or to the holding blind after he runs instead of before. Just a thought!!! Harry
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    My ape knows she's not allowed to whine so she has started breathing really heavy. REALLY heavy. And then it develops into an expiratory squeak. Really bugs me. But every pro I've asked about it, and judges after the event, have said it was a non-issue. What it tells me is that she's winding up and we're going to have a circus on the line.

    Listen, if your dog is all business on the mat... you are doing something right.

    Can you sorta tell us how loud she is or what it sounds like.
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    Thanks everyone for your input, there are some good suggestions that I will be trying. My biggest concern is having a fault against us before we even get to the mat.
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    Terry, you can try what worked for me with Abby. She was the WORST dog in the world in the holding blind and almost caused me to become an alcoholic! Lardy came up with idea at one of his training seminars, when Abby was a test dog and on her worst behavior. Here is what we did. Put a bumper in the mouth the minute they come out of the crate. Leave the bumper in all the way from the truck, through the holding blind and on the mat until you send. They can't bark or even whine very loudly. If the drop the bumper to bark or whine, re-enforce "fetch". You will have to consistently do this for quite some time (took me about 3 months), but it is like eventually the drop the habit or forget that they used to whine. I know when I am judging, if a dog is quiet making noise in a blind, I don't really record a fault. If it is pretty noisy consistently through the trial it may cost a dog a placement or lower it. If they bark their fool head off, they are gone. If you can get to quietly whining, it probably won't cost you. My young dog doesn't have that problem luckily, bad thing is she can't find her food bowl let alone a bird.
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