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    Hello Everyone, My name is Dana and I am new to the forum. I am excited to announce that in 26 days, we will have a new black lab in our home. I haven't had lab puppy in 20 years. The best part is, this puppy is going to be a Christmas present for my 3 kids. I just am going to need a lot of...
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    Trying to decide on a puppy program. I feel like that was one area I was lacking and held me back training my last lab. I know Evan is on this forum but I have had recommendations for both his puppy program and Sound Beginnings. I will be working into Lardy's Total Retriever training 2. So that...
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    Hello all, Just a question regarding my puppy’s ability to mark bumpers. First, let me tell you that I have a 5 month old lab and am following Hillmann’s program. His retrieval desire fluctuates so at this point my primary focus is still just developing that. What’s interesting though is that my...
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    Everyone, First post here. I'm a newbie at this. I'm sure you all know how to deal with this. I have a Boykin Male, about 14 weeks. Treat training and transferring to the leash, etc. is going well. Basic obedience is going well. Sits (on whistle), stays, comes (on whistle), place, kennel...
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    This is the first lab I am training, I researched quite a bit and think I found one with good bloodlines and hopefully turns into a great hunting companion. She is 15 weeks old and I was just curious where she should be right now sit, stay, heel, here ect. Another thing I am starting to worry...
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    Hello all! My husband and I are looking for puppy or a young started to use for upland hunting and for hunt tests. What do we need to look for in order to find the appropriate breeder and bloodlines? We currently have a 3 yr old yellow lab that we had purchased when he was 9 months old. He...
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    Hi! So my labrador pup is almost 6 months old. She's an incredible dog and has loved to retrieve. Recently though, she has become a little more lazy outside when we're retrieving. I don't know if it's the summer heat or if it's a 5 month lull. I just want her to have fun retrieving outdoors...
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    We had visitors over to celebrate the 5 weeks old birthday. The 3 BF's got to play with a wild caught pigeon. All puppies got outside play time, and in the end, were ready for long naps. The girls assisted with feeding, weigh in, and play, then tucked them in, but didn't want to leave. ( ...
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    We had our xray done today. Here is a video of the process. If you want to guess before you hear what the Doctor says, pause at 3:35, guess your best, then continue to watch. A still pic is at the last 5 seconds. Snapper x Tilly puppies, 4 days to go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S-qIDYiGYg
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    Hey guys, My puppy has recently learned how to hump. Air, other dogs, and so forth. I would like to nip this in the bud so I don't wind up with a male who I have to worry about him humping someone when I have company over. He's only 10 weeks old so I don't really want to go slapping around on...
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    Hi RTF! I've been a lurker on the site for the last few months as I've been waiting for my new golden puppy to come home. Well, we went and got her almost two weeks ago now, and boy... our lives have turned upside down! I sure do need some help, as this is my first dog, and my little girl...
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    Hi, my name is Casey and I am addicted to Chocolate.... 8 months after Edgar from Bittersweet Transport dropped off my chocolate male "Cruz", He is on his way back from Wisconsin with a chocolate female from the same breeder... Rangerwood Kennels. The pedigrees are similar as Cruz' dam and...
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    I have been having A LOT of issues with my 9-10 month old lab. She has been back for about two weeks after being at a training kennel for 2.5 months. She knows how to heel, sit, whoa to sit (they specialized in pointers and taught this to her), shot over and she had been force fetched. All this...
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    Does anyone have video links or advice on how to use a choke chain to help my almost 6 month old lab to stop pulling? Heel is going alright but I would like to take her for walks since I live in a suburban neighborhood. She will pull very very hard with her buckle collar and I pull her back but...
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    I need help and advice to correct a problem I created with my 5 month old lab pup. Since she was younger I used a lot of excitement to get her into the bumper but not enough obedience and now she is obsessed. She has no focus and she jumps on me and is extremely excited, so much so that her...
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    My 5 month old pup is very very mouthy and excited with her bumpers, chewing, throwing in the air, shaking it. I would love suggestions on how to get her started to hold and bring it in on sit. She will hold sometimes but if I tell her to sit, she'll drop the bumper, sit and just stare at it. I...
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    5 month old pup, absolutely crazy about retrieving I feel this dog would go through hot coals for a retrieve. We don't have many gun ranges where I live and shooting off a gun is a big no no. Could I use a dummy launcher instead of a starter pistol? If so what is the best one to start off on...
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    First time training a retriever puppy and she's now 5 months old. CC on sit is going well, teething so hold isn't being forced, pretty 'steady' using Bill Hillmanns training program so traffic cop is going very well, she still breaks sometimes but she's still young. Heel is going well. What...
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    Any advice on how to make this go a little smoother. Been working with my 5 month old pup for about 2 weeks on Hold and she hates it. I've been following Hillmanns. Tried a soft plastic bumper, a Chuck It, a tennis ball bumper, canvas... A bunch of different ones to see what would be easier to...
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    Looking for some methods on how to work heel with a pup that pulls, and just overall leash manners? I've tried treats, the stop light game, stoping and turning back around when she pulls. She's only 4 months but already pulling my arm out of my socket anytime I try to take her for a walk. If...
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