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Some one asked me yesterday, what is the best way to train your dog to come when called..so I thought I would share that with you today.

The easiest way I know of is to play hide and seek with your new puppy or dog.

There are many benefits to this method..

It engages your dogs prey drive and enhances your dogs attraction to you and other family members..which is important if you want your dog to come when called no matter what is going on to distract them..

It will help make you the most attractive thing in your dogs world..

Dogs love this game because they get to do what dogs love to do most..hunt, and in this game they will be hunting you.

This is the way I play this game with my dogs..

Now you can play inside or out.. I prefer outside if possible because dogs come alive outside.. and it helps to keep the inside of your home as a place for rest and relaxation..outside is where the action and high energy activities are done.

Find a spot on a trail where there are bushes to hide in..

have your dog on a long line ..approx 50 feet would suffice..

Have one of your kids or a friend take a tasty treat like a hot dog and while you hold the dog your kid or friend lets the dogs smell the treat and then run off down the trail..skipping running and calling with kissy sounds..

Then they jump off the trail at some point and hide.. don’t make it too hard at first..

Then they call the dog to come.. say the dog’s name loudly and call.. “Rover..Come!”.. then be quiet and still..

You then release the dog and he will take off down the trail..he will find the person..so don’t worry about that..when he does..give him the treat maybe two..and..praise him.. maybe tug a bit on a tug toy..but let him win..that is important when playing tug of war with your dog..

Repeat this game as much as possible over the next few weeks..and in no time your dog will come reliably when he hears his name ..

You will want to fade out the food rewards and replace them with your praise, or a good game of tug. Don’t forget to do this ..you don’t want your dog to become reliant on food.

If by chance your dog gets lost finding you..call his name again loudly he will soon sniff you out..

The person holding the leash should not get involved.. just follow the dog and keep the long line in reach so you can grab it if necessary..

End the game when your dog still wants to play..this will build enthusiasm for the next time he plays.. playing this game really gets to the core of your dogs nature..his prey drive.. now go have some fun with your dog.

If you have questions or just want to chat be sure to get in touch with me.. I would love hearing from you..

Harley

dog and hunter

 

Back in the late seventies I was, as my Uncle Eldon would say,. still wet behind the ears.

I decided that I no longer wanted to train dogs in the fashion that was prescribed by my Uncle, who was the dog trainer in the family.

 

I had become disillusioned with the practice of dominance based dog training, and began to form my own way of thinking about dogs and as it turned out my philosophy was the polar opposite of what Eldon believed.

Eldon was of the old school mind-set that said if the dog did not obey, or showed aggression to family members, he needed to be taken in a notch.

Which didn’t mean Eldon injured the dogs in any way,  no, he was very careful about how he dispensed what he considered discipline,.because they were highly valued assets that required care and protection.

In his words, “ A well-trained dog that can hunt is worth his weight in gold.“

His go-to punishment for bad behavior was,  if he thought the dog was being disrespectful, or willfully disobedient, he would give it a swift kick in the ass, and give the dog the veiled threat,

“If I have to talk to you again, I am going to let the ax handle do the talking.“

I had come to realize that what Eldon saw as respect in the dogs was really fear. The dogs always obeyed but they would come to him low to the ground, ears back, tail tucked in.

I could see the stress the dogs were under, and it made me feel bad for the dogs, and frankly pissed off at Eldon.

I did not voice my concerns, because to do so would have been an exercise in futility, and to my Uncles way of seeing things, disrespectful, therefore worthy of a swift kick in the ass.

At this point I had already trained a couple of my neighbors dogs to herd cattle, and I had brought home an eight week old , female Australian Shepherd pup, who I named Tiny, and had trained her to herd the cattle, my way.

Now back in 1978 my way of training a dog was not a method that could be named, and for the next 35 years remained un-named, and I was not even thinking about dog training philosophy, methodology, or even why dogs did what they did,. I was not that deep of a thinker,.. I just let the dog be true to his temperament, and I shaped behaviors, like come, sit, down, and stay.. as they presented themselves during daily life,.. and I based all this on those times when I saw that the dogs were their happiest and most dog like.

When they were hunting or herding.

The idea struck me one evening as we readied our weapons and moved from building to building, gathering traps and the supplies we would need to spend the night in the camp we had built at the end of the trap line, some eight miles up the stream.

I suddenly noticed the dogs were much more vocal than usual, with was not unusual,  I just had never noticed it before, and then…

The thought hit me like a ton of bricks.

When my Uncle`s dogs were not working with either hunting or herding they would just lay around and never showed any what I would call enthusiasm for what was going on,.unless someone came in the driveway, or a deer would come out into the field., then they would light up like a Christmas tree.

I realized that the dogs seemed to know what we were going to do, that preparation for the hunt was happening, and they seemed to perk up in spirit, they had an anxious anticipation about them… their normally fearful nature seemed to disappear,..and they became more vocal in their attempts to communicate with us.. and it wasn’t until much later that I further realized that the dogs knew what we were going to do, even before we did.

Then the thought I had earlier suddenly solidified, and I understood.

The spirit, or heart of the dog resides in the hunt.

The next morning the dogs would be electric with energy and enthusiasm to get started.., they required a little coaxing to settle down enough to eat, and sometimes we just fed them by hand along the way.

They acted like puppies again, full of life and energy.

They would walk behind and then charge ahead searching for things to run up a tree or corner,.

They would respond to our whistles and calls, circling back, moving through the brush, and with every bound through the snow you could see the layers of stored stress melt away as they used it to organize themselves in concert with our movements,..reading us like a book.

I observed the dogs after the hunt and regardless of if it was successful or not, they seemed to be re-born, and the fear and stress that had burdened them was suddenly gone…at least for a short time.

I began to train my pups with the hunt in mind, I would take them to the woods and walk around, play with them, and  let them be dogs, games like hide and seek, find the stinky cheese, tug of war, and I always let them win, because it made them so happy to run off with that old sock tied to a rubber hose.. I never considered that I should teach them that I am the boss.

I was not their boss, I didn’t want to be.

I was the one they depended on to provide outlets for their stress, by teaching them how to hunt, and to shape their behavior with the words I used to communicate my intentions.

All this I accomplished simply by playing with my dogs in a way that spoke to their true nature as hunters.

In return they give me respect and life long trust.

I knew dogs lived in the moment, but I was missing some information that if I had know about it back then would have changed my perception about not only dogs,.. but myself.

I now know that what I was seeing in my Uncles dogs was stored emotional energy that manifests itself as stress in the dog’s body and mind, and that energy is jam-packed with information that is vital to the dog’s ability to learn, and they are only truly able to release it and connect with us when they are free to express their true nature as hunters, and work with us as team mates.

All the best,

Harley

 

wolf and moose

The Anatomy Of The Hunt, How Dogs And Wolves “Feel” The Energy Of The Moment

Imagine for a moment that you are looking through a microscope at a pack of wild wolves in a meadow.

The wolves seem agitated as they snap and snarl, engaging one another in what most would call dominant/ submissive behavior.

They haven’t eaten in days.

 

The air is electric with energy, can you feel it?

Like the static electricity that is produced when you rub an air-filled balloon on the rug and then hold it next to your arm..the little hairs rise up,.. the ever so slight change in atmospheric pressure,..you feel the tickle of energy as it moves..attracted to the invisible magnet produced in the balloon.

As the intensity of the energy grows in the group of wolves to a fevered pitch..suddenly the wolf with the highest emotional charge takes off and the pack follows( Usually this would be the wolf that gets the title of Alpha)

So, now let’s imagine for a moment that we can see the color of the energy,.. and hear the sound of that energy that surrounds these wolves ..it may have started out looking light blue in color, as the pre-hunt ritual began..and has a low humming sound like the sound of your computer as it uses the energy stored in its battery.

As the energy ramps up during the pre-hunt ritual, the color and sound of this energy begins to intensify as well, and if you tried to look at this,.. in the moment phenomenon,.. in visual form,.. it might look something like this..

 

1st phase… (Energy is light blue, hums like a computer, time lapsed ..10 minutes)

 

During this time there is whining, lip licking, jostling for position, and howls of frustration. 

 

The flow of energy is moderate but the purpose is clear

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2nd phase.. (Energy is darker blue, hums like a remote-controlled car..time-lapse 10 mins)

 

During this time, there is aggressive behavior like biting, and the pinning down of others, as the stress from not eating and the rigors of defending territory comes to the surface, preparing them for what is coming,.characteristic of what most scientists today would call dominance and or submission.( I don’t agree with this explanation, but I will save that discussion for another day.)

 

 

 The flow of energy gains momentum and purpose as it intensifies

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3rd phase.. (Energy is bright blue, hums like a 25,000 watt power line.. time lapse 10 minutes)

 

During this time the intensity grows until the energy is about to explode and then without notice or command,..

 

Every wolf in the pack is emotionally charged and ready to hunt

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Now let’s take our microscope and move to the valley next to a stream where a herd of Caribou have gathered to rest, graze and tend to their young.,..just a typical day in the life of the caribou.

All animals are able to feel the energy or vibrations of the environment to a greater or lesser degree, so the Caribou know the wolves are coming long before they can see or smell them.

So into this herd of Caribou the wolves trot ..but what the Caribou do is contrary to what you might think they would do..one would think that at the first inkling of the wolves approach the herd would up and run away..but they don’t ..they just lie where they are and do nothing.. their behavior suggests that they are not nervous about the wolves at all.

Why is this?

The wolves seem to not see the herd of Caribou, and take no notice of the numerous calves that have taken refuge inside the massive herd of adults.

The wolves stop and drink from the stream..

The amount of information shared between the caribou and the wolves in one single moment in time is staggering to comprehend,. this communication cannot be heard or seen, it is invisible, can’t be measured or quantified by any scientific instrument.

It is a feeling, that tells the wolves that the herd of caribou are and strong in their resolve to remain energized and grounded.. and will hold the line..they will not run.

They are not afraid of the wolves.

Suddenly.. one wolf stares off into the distance, and though if you looked where he is looking you would not see anything but trees and brush..

But remember we have our microscope..so refocus on the far distant horizon..and suddenly you will see what the wolf can’t see or smell but somehow feels a presence,.. and knows this is it..the thing that has attracted all his emotions..and draws him like a magnet..

A lone Caribou..who’s energy is vibrating in a way that tells the wolves that his energy is breaking down..emotionally speaking..

He is an old Bull who is wounded, and now the wolves have targeted him for the hunt.

To the wolves the energy they feel coming from the Caribou might look like this..

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The color of the energy is green but is not constant and highly charged..it wavers and shakes.. and the hum of his energy is more like a sputtering airplane engine as it crashes to the ground.

The bull’s energy is depleted from a wound and the rigors of old age..

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The wolves rush in,.. their emotional energy weaves individual wolves into a team, each one feeling his team mates movements, energy, and intentions,.. and it is that collective mind-set that gives them the confidence to take down a prey animal that is 10 times their size and could easily defend itself against them all .

They lay down highly charged.. and stare the caribou in the eyes,.. projecting all the energy, aggression, and stress they have built up onto the caribou,.. until the bull’s energy essentially vibrates so hard that it breaks down and runs..

The wolves move in,.. like a well oiled machine,.. and kill and eat the bull.

Although in today’s society the dog has very little need or opportunity to hunt large game, yet they still practice the art of the hunt in the same manner as their ancestors the wolf,.. as is evidenced by their desire to hunt and chase prey animals, like mice, birds, squirrels, cats, and sometimes deer or moose.

Dogs communicate perfectly with the world, and with us by feeling and plugging into the energy that each living thing gives off.. and are attracted to those things that have the emotional energy that indicates they are prey animals.

So if you want to have reliable control of your dogs behavior,.. and have them be more attracted to you than anything else in their immediate moment, then it is in your best interest to develop your energy into the vibrating energy of the old wounded moose or caribou,..do this and your dog will look to you to resolve his feelings and become the happiest dog in the world.

All the best,

Harley

brown dog tugs

In this post I demonstrate how to use the tug toy as a means to connect with your dog and to help release stored up stress.  It is designed to keep the flow of energy moving so it don’t get stuck, and to bring fear to the surface so the dog can process it better.

Although I use the example of Lola being attracted to the power truck out on the road, this exercise is designed to answer the question that all dogs ask..what do I do with my energy,..regardless of it is a person, dog, or squirrel that your dog becomes attracted to,.. this is how you can get them to give their energy to you.

For more information about playing tug with your dog click here,.. Play Tug

How To Raise A Bombproof Puppy

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Puppy Training
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Listen, do you hear that?

Scratch, scratch, ah-oooh!

That’s the sound of your new puppy searching for answers.

Scratch, scratch, scratch.

You are beginning to realize that raising a puppy is damn hard work, and you are worried about getting it right. After all you don’t want to make any mistakes and end up with a dog that get’s into trouble.

I know you want the best for your puppy but you worry that you won’t have time for obedience classes, and proper exercise, and all the information you searched out on the internet has only left you more confused.

One trainer says you have to teach your pup that you are the boss. Never let her go in or out the door before you, and if she is disobedient then toss her on her side and pin her to the ground until she submits to your Alpha status. Another says to give your pup a cookie when she is doing what you want, and ignore her when she is being bad.

What if I told you that all these trainers are wrong.

What if I told you that there’s a better way to make sure you never make any mistakes with training you new puppy, well maybe minimal mistakes, that are very easy to correct and have no negative emotional effect on your fuzzy faced friend, and takes up very little of your valuable time.

Lots of new dog owners face these same struggles, but the ones who succeed are the ones that found a coach that understands what they are going through, because they have a long history of raising puppies and have proven that they can raise happy and well-adjusted puppies into adult dogs.

Three Important Principles to Remember When Training a Puppy

There is much more to understanding the best ways to raise and train a puppy, and if you want to know more you can always contact me through the comment section below, but for now I will outline three of the main things to remember.

#1. The most important thing is to teach your pup what to do with all that energy.

Your new pup is full of vim and vigor and has a relentless need to sniff, taste, and see all the things in her environment. What is important for you to remember is that while physical exercise is a must, it is even more critical for you to provide emotional exercise for your pup, and one way to drain her energy is to play games that engage her prey drive, games like tug of war, and pushing. Be sure to follow the links to find out exactly how to do each exercise.

Important to note: When playing tug of war with your pup, go easy on her little teeth, just hold onto the tug toy and let her do the pulling. Tug is a great way to re-direct her from biting and mouthing things she shouldn’t. The same goes for pushing,. at first you should just apply a little resistance, and as she grows she will become more enthusiastic for the push. The pushing technique demonstrates what the little girl experienced with her Mama when she struggled against her litter mates to get a drink of life-giving milk. Pushing with your pup will help you stay bonded with her in much the same fashion as she did with her Mother.

These exercises should be done with your pup on a long line, for her protection, just drop the line and forget about it, and focus on having fun with your pup. Encourage your pup to chase you around the yard or follow you for tasty treats.

By tapping into your pups natural prey drive, or the desire to chase and bite things, you can connect with your pup on an emotional level, and build a strong foundation that will help to ensure your pup is attracted to you in times during their life when things get intense in the human world they live in.

#2. Teach Your Pup How To Relax

The next thing you will want to do is to make sure your pup has plenty of time to just lie around doing nothing. There is going to be times when her energy is high, and times when it is low, and by taking the time to structure these times so her behavior is shaped in accordance to these arcs will go a long way toward having the kind of success you want.

One way to do this is to try your best to make sure all her high energy activities are done outside, don’t be concerned about obedience at this point there will be plenty of time for that later on. Right now you want to focus on teaching her when and where to let her energy out, and when and where she should relax.

When she is inside, this is the time to relax and just chill, this is the time to give her a bone to chew on, or gently massage and soften her muscles into a fluffy lump of relaxation.

#3. Guard Your Pup From Stress, and Resolve it When it Happens

Your pup is going to absorb stress during the day just by virtue of being alive.

You will want to observe how her experiences in the world make her feel,  and you will get to know when your pup is stressed because her behavior will reflect her emotional turmoil.

She might run hog-wild around the house, barking or growling, she may even be submissive, or become physically tense. This means that you have exposed her to things she can’t handle, and you will want to try to not let things go that far again.

Tips For Preventing Stress In Your Puppy

1. Instead of taking your pup down town on busy streets, take her for a walk though the woods or in a quiet park.

2. Dog parks are bad business for puppies, instead get to know other like-minded people who have pups around the same age as yours and arrange play dates.

3. Get to know the signs that your pup needs some rest, and don’t fall into the trap that says you have to keep your pup busy with training and socialization., rest, relaxation, and following this simple outline without placing demands on your pup is more important at this stage.

4. Consider each activity that you are going to expose your pup to and ask yourself if this is going to produce stress for your pup, and keeping in mind that anything done inside is going to be more intense for your pup than it is for you, and if the answer is yes, then consider your alternatives.

For example if you are having friends over, it would help your pup if you met them outside, or even go for a short walk around the block together. Another example would be if you are going down town to shop, it would be better if your pup stayed behind in her crate, with a tasty bone to chew on.

How To Resolve Stress In Your Pup

All that energy has to go somewhere and if you want your pup to stay in that emotional flow then you have to give that energy direction. The exercises I outlined above, pushing and tug of war will certainly release any stored up stress your pup might have, and all you need to do is re-direct your pup onto one of these more positive outlets for their energy.

So, congratulations on your new pup, and remember you are not in this alone, if you have questions please let me know what they are in the comment section below, and I will be happy to answer them for you.

You can get some more great dog training tips that will improve your dogs behavior when you follow this link

5 Tips To Improve Your Dogs Behavior Starting Today

All the best,

Harley

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It’s no wonder that people are totally confused about how to train
their dogs, they need only do an internet search using the key words
dog training..there are literally thousands of so-called experts
giving advice to everyday dog owners about the right way or wrong
way to train their dogs.

Trouble is most of these people have little or no experience with
actual real dogs to back up what they may have learned in a book,
or in a 3 minute video on You Tube, yet there they are steering people down the wrong path.

Then, if that’s not enough to spin your head around..

Head on down to the local post office or barber shop, and there you
will find plenty of people to give you advice about the way they
train their dogs..and as well-meaning as these people are, and
convinced, as well that they are right, sadly, most of these people
are wrong too.

I understand that sometimes our dogs behavior can be frustrating
and can very easily make you angry, even make you cry..and I can
understand the desperation that comes with having an out of control
dog,that you love, but have absolutely come to the end of your
leash.

I urge you to take a step back, don’t just take the first piece of
advice that anyone gives you and apply it to your dog, take the
time to search out a reputable trainer, or behaviorist, who has had
many years of experience dealing with dogs and their behavior and
has a proven track record of success..this might take a few days,
but no doubt the behavior that is causing you stress has been going
on for some time, so what’s a few more days to be sure to get it
right.

One more piece of advice, I always ask my clients when they tell me
that they tried some training advice and it didn’t work, from whom
did they get their advice. It surprised me how many responded that
they got the advice from their vet.

I always respond with the same thing..I ask them, You wouldn’t ask
a dog trainer to spay or neuter your dog would you..and they always
say no..to that I reply well it probably is not a good idea to ask
your vet how to teach your dog to not be aggressive to other dogs..

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All the best,

Harley

“Cry Havoc and Let Slip The Dogs Of War”

What image comes to your mind when you read this phrase from
Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar?

I have a mental picture of Soldiers standing in a field holding back big
bad ass dogs like Rottweilers, German Shepard’s, or Bull Mastiffs,
straining against their tethers, snapping teeth bared, frothing at the
mouth in anticipation of tasting the enemies blood.

But when I researched the phrase I discovered that the word “havoc” was a
military command given to soldiers to go out and create chaos.

“Dogs of war” is a metaphor that Shakespeare used often in his plays,
and refered to the soldiers of the middle ages.

This got me thinking about dogs and the role they have played in the
history of war.

I thought it would be interesting to give you a few examples of dogs who
have contributed in one way or another in different wars.

Meet Sgt. Stubby of World War 1sgt stubby

He was a stray mongrel dog that understood the dangers of the environment he was in,but showed no fear and he ran to and from the front lines howling his battle cry while his human comrades cowered and nerves came undone in the midst of the loud noise, strain, and fog of war.

Sgt. Stubby was responsible for saving countless human lives because he
was so intelligent and brave, it is said that he could smell mustard gas
before it became lethal and run up and down the trenches barking and
biting soldiers until they put their gas masks on.

Click here to read more about Sgt. Stubby’s heroic exploits.

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The Exploding Anti-Tank Dogs Of World War 2

Sometime during the early 1930’s the Russians, after having no successanti tank dog
with getting the mine dogs to take explosives up to a tank and drop it,then return to the handler who would then detonate the bomb with a remote, some twisted Soviet came up with an idea that would work but it would cost Fido his life.

They simply strapped the dog with the bomb and the dog would go under a tank and the soldier would blow up the tank and the dog.

As you can imagine the Soviets did not have much success with this
venture.

Click here to read how this turned out for the Anti Tank Dogs Of World
War 2.

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Dogs Fighting The Current War On Terror

There are many dogs working along side of Soldiers today in all the wartodays military dog
zones of the world, they are used in many capacities and their training is constant and next to none. From sniffing out explosives to tracking insurgents as they try to hide in the desert,their contributions to the cause is not measurable.

Click here to read more about these highly trained dogs and their
military handlers.

“Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs Of War”

Well that’s all for today I hope you found this post to be informative.

All the best,

Harley

Let me begin by saying that with all things there are exceptions to the rule.

and now on with my story…

I left this place scratching my head in total confusion.

I kept thinking to myself on the ride home, “Is this what dog training
has evolved into?”

Let me tell you why I will never set foot in another dog obedience class, and why I think they are a total waste of time and good money.

A few years back when I was first starting my online dog training
business, I decided to visit a few obedience classes to see what all the
fuss was about.

What I saw made me more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of
rocking chairs.

There were people walking their dogs in and out of cone pylons, zigging
and zagging in any number of geometric patterns, none of which I could see
had any real world applications, and every so often they would have the
dog sit for maybe 2 seconds and then give the dog a treat.

Not once did the instructor speak about corrections or discipline, which
by the way is one of the corner stones of my dog training philosophy.

I did not see anything that would help keep a dog from jumping up on
people or stealing food off the counter, or be able to be around other
dogs without reacting, which is what most people want from their dogs,
and the thought of treating a dog for basically nothing at all really
made my skin crawl.

Everything the dogs did in these classes was motivated by food rewards.
Not only is this impossible it’s not something you will see in nature.

So I put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and did some investigating.

I asked several people I knew that had problems with their dogs and more
often than not these people had at one time or another had their dogs in
obedience class.

Fast forward 6 years

If anything has changed it’s been for the worse, most of my work is un-
doing what was done to the dogs in a formal obedience class. You only
need to look at the streets in your neighborhood to find dogs pulling
people down the street, and if you knock on any number of doors you will
inevitably hear someone yell, “There’s someone at the door put the dog
away!”, followed by uncontrolled insane barking.

These dogs won’t sit for more than a few seconds, rarely will come when
called without being bribed, and forget about holding a stay for any
length of time, it’s just not going to happen.

The simple truth is that dogs and their owners who attend formal
obedience classes are not taught the correct way and much of what they
are taught is unnecessary.

This is why I think the dog training obedience classes are a waste of your
time and money, not to mention detrimental to your dogs well-being.

People don’t want their dog to be like the “Littlest Hobo”

Most of the people I work with just want well-mannered dogs that for the
most part are easy to handle and stay out of trouble. So you have to ask
yourself..

With the large number of dogs coming out of obedience class with no
usable skill and in most cases worse off than when they went in, is it
the dogs fault, the owners fault, or it the methodology messed up?

So just in case you’re not convinced by my insightful posting and you are
hell-bent on taking your new puppy  or dog to obedience class..here’s my number
506-375-4143.

Keep it in a safe place cause I will be hearing from you real soon.

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All the best

Harley