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Runningwild wrote:She is fourth months old and I know about force fetching I was hoping there was a way to prevent it until I can do the force fetch
AverageGuy wrote:At 4 months I would have a CC on the puppy always and would be working on a good recall. I setup a tunnel along side my Machine shed using snow fence and used play retrieve with bumpers first to develop the habit of out and back with play retrieving. The tunnel only gives the puppy one direction to go and it is back to me. The CC allows me to pull it gently to me if it is not returning on its own will. I am down on one knee and praising the puppy profusely when it arrives back in my lap. If the puppy is fired up about retrieving I will quickly throw the bumper again so it does not resent giving it up. And I stop after 2-4 retrieves to leave wanting more.
Once I have that accomplished that play retrieve behavior and have introduced birds, I use a dead pigeon in the same tunnel setting. Striving to get an out and back retrieve behavior established at an early age. I would think a pigeon is large enough that it would not be possible for your puppy to swallow it in a hurry. Do not let the puppy chew on the pigeon when it arrives at the bird you toss to the end of the tunnel, but rather call it to you using the trained recall command and if needed gently use the check cord to bring it back to you. I continue to use bumpers more than birds in this setting but if the out and back behavior is going well I use dead pigeons for some retrieves.
If this goes well I would continue it and then advance to short retrieves out in the open but always with the CC on the puppy. Again I start with bumpers and get the correct behavior established before using a dead pigeon. Give the trained recall command and gently pull the puppy back to you with the CC as needed, praise profusely when it arrives. Do not snatch the bumper or bird away from the puppy too quickly. For a couple of retrieves I would throw it again quickly once I do take it from the puppy to keep the game going and the puppy fired up. After two or 3 successes, quickly hide the bumper or bird behind your back and into your game bag , rise and walk away leaving the puppy wanting more.
I would use bumpers only until you have the correct behavior established at this point.
Runningwild wrote:I have a pup that when she gets her mouth on a fresh bird eats it in minutes is there any tricks to get her to stop the this?
This is why you shouldn't let the dog just hunt its first year and then train it.
Hard lesson to learn, but valuable if you learn from it.
It can be hard to fix.
orhunter wrote:"Eats it in minutes." Why does the pup have the bird for "minutes"? Sounds like you're creating the opportunity/problem yourself, don't blame the pup.
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