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  1. We often unconsciously do things like spitting out the whistle then putting it back in our mouths to call them in rather than keeping it in our mouths all the time - little things like that can soon become the cues that the dog notice first, you see. Was just wondering if perhaps this was something that was contributing 👍
  2. Lloyd, when you sit and stay him do you tend to call him to you afterwards or go back out to him and release the stay command then? 🤔 Also what are you doing with your whistle..., sounds daft but what you do with it often tells your dog what you might do in the next couple of seconds - you’ll know what I mean if you’re mindful of it next time 😊
  3. Absolute tosh. I have no reason to be annoyed about divulging my age. At 21, it’s only a number 😂😂
  4. We start with a starter pistol inside a game bag at a distance, possibly about 100m to begin with. We have a slightly different ethos though, we don’t just want the dog to put up with the sound, we want our dogs to associate the bangs with something positive! So, as soon as the shot is sounded the other person with the dog immediately wangs a retrieve and lets the dog run in. It doesn’t take them long to not only tolerate gunshot but have positive associations with it. It works sooooo much better than just exposing the dog to shot with nothing in it for them or nothing else to concentrate on at that very moment. Steadiness can be introduced or reintroduced later. As others have said, banging and clanging of food bowls is great to begin with as they associate it with food.
  5. ‘Hybrid vigour’ is oft a misunderstood term in this day and age of increased understanding of breed related health issues.... Particularly as many hereditary breed problems and the genetic predisposition spans many breeds and can be clear/carrier/affected regardless of the breeds put together.
  6. I used to have strong feelings against this but surely like anything are they not worth what somebody is willing to pay for them 🤷‍♀️ If a cockerpoo or what have you is worth £1500 to the person who buys them then leave them to it I guess 🤔 Does rankle a bit when I sell my beautifully bred health tested springers with hours spent poring over pedigrees for £450 or thereabouts when these ‘breeders’ just chuck two dogs together but then again I’ve never bred to make money. The worthwhile part of it to me is to see the pups doing great and happy in their new homes. If I ‘make’ a bit of money to cover time worrying and whelping the bitch, a day off work, docking and dew clawing, microchipping, looking after, worming, defleaing and playing with the aforementioned pups (not to mention hours upon hours cleaning up poo) I reckon it works out at about 75p an hour 😂😂😂 And that’s if all goes well!
  7. I work with Steve1066 and I’m not so sure about his memory 😂😂😂 (just kidding, boss 😂😂)
  8. It did cross my mind as it apparently used to be a ‘thing’ but like you, the only two I’ve known to be affected were black 🤔 How’s our baby getting on? 😍
  9. Smokersmith may I ask what colour he was please?
  10. Yep the owner has put it on Facebook 👍
  11. Andy uses them to teach dogs confidence on marks and initial blinds (B725 not sure if Andy used these when you guys were here) this guy uses them to encourage the dog to use its eyes instead of doing any hunting 🤔
  12. He says he does..... I’m not so sure 😂😂
  13. Hi all, what do you make of this? A friend has been to a trainer with his two cockers. Apparently you should use brightly coloured dummies to train with for everything so that they ‘learn to use their eyes’? Friend thinks the sun shines out of this fella’s behind but it goes completely against the grain for me - they’re hunting dogs!! I did ask if the guy was a Labrador man but no, apparently he’s a cocker man!
  14. Scooting bum - well worth getting her anal glands checked 🤮
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