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They are so cute together. I can not believe your thinking of not keeping her! I've always wanted a flatcoat! They contrast is stunning!
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Omg. She is so gorgeous!!!!!! Congrats on the fostering. I'm crossing my fingers for an adoption. You rock!!!!


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I love Flat Coats. I grew up with several. My parents have one, and he is Luna's best friend. Interestingly, I have noticed that in general, they are much softer dogs to train. They are more sensitive than the Goldens are to correction. And yes, they all LOVE to LICK! My dad even asked if I had taught Luna "no lick" because we've had to with each FCR - it's in their genes I think LOL!

I like the tape recorder idea! Let us know how that works - I'll be very curious!

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Ooh missed the photo! So sweet! Love it!

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They are so cute together. I can not believe your thinking of not keeping her! I've always wanted a flatcoat! They contrast is stunning!
Yes, we are considering keeping her. I have planned for another GR puppy in a year. I guess we may have two girls to spay by that time.


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I don't have a lot of experience with training gun shy dogs around guns. But I did have one gun shy rescue sled dog. We had no idea. Our golden at the time was just fine with guns, so we assumed the rescue would be also. We were out at a place called Point MacKenzie and decided to target shoot. We had our dogs in the back of our blazer with the back door open. The golden hung out and watched us, but the sled dog took off. She ran so fast and so far so quickly. It was simply amazing that we found her. But all it took was one shot and she was gone... I'd hate to see that happen to you. In our case we just decided to not do any shooting around her at all. Rescues sometimes come with a lot of baggage. We have no idea what. But I wouldn't want to take a chance on loosing her since you are in a rural area at your cabin.


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Thanks Stacey, she connected with us quite quickly - the entire family and Rose. We went on a hike and she did not venture more than three feet from us. Even when she went back to the cabin door she stopped couple times to see if I am coming with her.
I am proud of little Rose who is helping her with the separation anxiety, the sits, downs and whoas. Meanwhile Darcy is helping Rose with the walks, the "big bad" trash cans and also in training Rose to keep her whoa (stay) while working with Darcy.


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DO not comfort her when she has the negative reaction to gunfire--that will only reinforce to her that something is wrong and she will be getting rewarded for the reaction. Tough I know, but you do not want to inadvertently make it worse. Taping gun noises will only help so much as part of what scares gunshy dogs is the concussion of the shot as well as the noise. But the tape will be a good start for now. You could also shoot off the starter pistol outside while she is inside eating so that she has something high value to distract her. When she gets comfortable with that then you can gradually move her outside and have the pistol shot off at a distance. I would also see if she is interested in birds. They are higher value than bumpers and if you can get her really amped up about retrieving and then gradually add in a gunshot way off when the bird is thrown it can help to start to pair a positive association-a shackled live bird is even better.

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Let me start by saying I'm against hunting to begin with but a dog thats had such an awful life until now shouldn't be subjected to something that frightens her.

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