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The importance of timing

Timing is the most crucial element distinguishing an effective hunting dog handler from one less skilled.

Updated: January 3, 2006, 3:59 PM ET
By Mike Stewart | Owner/trainer
Wildrose Kennels

Developing a superior hunting retriever requires handler skills that extend well beyond the mechanics and application of training techniques, methods or exercises. Training and handling a great hunting pal takes the establishment of a relationship, a bond of communication and trust between the dog and the handler.

Communicating effectively with a retriever in training involves three basic components:

1. Timing 2. Tempo 3. Tone

Each of the Three T's, as I refer to them, is important ...

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