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  1. CO - Three 12 Shooter Bumper Boys

    Classifieds - Equipment, Art, Outdoor Collectibles
    Three 12 shooter Bumper Boys. All three for $600 obo. Comes with original control, charger, and extra bumpers. All three work except for one that needs batteries. Located in Colorado. Pickup only. If interested, please call 719-337-1016 and ask for Jim.
  2. Adopting 15 month old lab

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    Hello, I am adopting a 15 month old lab. She is coming from a “trainer” who didn’t train her. Said trainer seems to have had no clue about the nature of a young lab. I’ve met the dog and worked with her and she is eager to please and quick to pick up commands. However, she was not taught even...
  3. Best Retrievers Dog Training Seminar (Saturday & Sunday, April 27th-April 28th 2019)

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    Best Retrievers Dog Training Seminar (Saturday & Sunday, April 27th-April 28th 2019) Best Retrievers is hosting a training seminar in Paige, TX! “Achieving Success in Retriever Training” Best Retriever’s Approach to Training a Happy and Successful Retriever for the Home, Hunting, and Hunt...
  4. Training Rig Ideas - Polaris Ranger

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    I recently purchased a 2009 Polaris Ranger - its the 500 and a pretty basic unit. I'm trying to design the best way to rig it up for training. I'd like to be able to carry 2 dogs, wingers, bumpers, etc , but still be able to remove it all for my acreage use when not training. I have a few...
  5. Retriever Training Program

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    I have a 13 year old Lab that I was able to get a Junior Hunter title on prior to turning two and not passing her hip test. She was a family pet, so I spayed her, got my money back and she served us wonderfully both hunting and as a member of our family. Now I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of...
  6. Gun shy?

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    Today we took our 16 week old chocolate lab dove hunting with us. Let me start out by saying we have previously had him around .22 rifle gun fire and he was not phased at all. This morning was a complete different story. As the first couple of dove came overhead my boyfriend fired. Our pup...
  7. North NJ training

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    Hey all, I currently train with 2-3 others when we are not training with the club we are in. We try to train a few days a week and would like to have others join us. The dogs range from started to senior/master levels. We train an multiple locations around sussex, Morris and Hunterdon counties...
  8. The Wildrose Way

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    Picking up my first puppy in March and am trying to decide on a program. Does anyone have any experience training a dog "The Wildrose Way" from start to finish? I have the book right now and i am trying to decide on a DVD program to assist. The Wildrose DVD is only $35, which seems...
  9. Where should my 15 week old lab be??!!

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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...
  10. Tips and Tricks for a First Timer

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    Hello! I am pretty new to the whole forum concept as well as raising a puppy to be a well mannered dog, but I know you all have been in in my shoes before so I am hoping y'all have tried and true tips to pass along:) I am a new Chesapeake Bay Retriever owner. My little Charlie is 5months old...
  11. Right Start Kennel - Jim Van Engen Reviews?

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    Hi, I have a 6 month old lab puppy and I'm thinking about sending her to Right Start Kennel with Jim Van Engen. I have contacted Mike Lardy and he said I should go to him or Rick Stawski with Fine line retrievers . If you could post any reviews or opinions on Right Start Kennel that would help...
  12. Need Help!!

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    I have a 7 month old boykin who loves retrieving and has pretty solid basic obedience. However, I am having extreme difficulty with delivery to hand. I can say here and he'll come full speed but will drop the bumper. I decided to start working on hold which was going very well on a table as he...
  13. Professional Trainers in The DFW Area

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    Hi guys, I know I had a similar post awhile back but my pup just turned 6 months and is ready for training. Does anyone know any good field/hunt test trainers and pros in the area that y'all would recommend?
  14. Water training

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    Hi. First of all, thanks for a really good forum with alot of experienced trainers and handlers. If my english is abit off I apologize this - I'm Norwegian.. ;) I have a question conserning training in water. My dog (17 months) is a "retrieving maniac". He absolutly loves it! The problem is...
  15. I'm at my wits end

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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...
  16. Training for a hunting only dog

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    Hi Everyone, This is my first post here on RTF, and I am very new to dog training, so please excuse my lack of knowledge here. I have been reading this site for a few weeks now and have decided to create an account. I am getting a lab puppy this summer, I do not plan on doing hunt test or field...
  17. Epps Kennels?

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    I was curious to know if anyone has heard of or has worked with Epps Kennels located in Northern California? they are one of the very very few professional trainers in my area and I'd like to know how good they are at what they do? Any personal experience/ reviews?
  18. Teaching Pups HOLD

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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...
  19. Multiple Training Programs?

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    I am new to training world. My question is: Is it wise to review and learn from multiple different training programs or even mix them? Example reviewing both Smart Works and Total Retriever, or is best to use one program initially then maybe expand later when you start a new dog;, or learn and...
  20. Best Bumpers for Lab Puppy

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    My girl is 9 weeks old right now, nice little lab that's getting the hang of the retrieve. I've been using a plush squeaker bone for her retrieves or a tennis ball and I bought a tiny canvas puppy bumper that weighs almost nothing. She's super excitable with the bone and I was wondering what are...