Need help with wate intro

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Re: Need help with wate intro

Postby GONEHUNTIN' » Wed May 31, 2017 2:14 pm

If the duck fights, it can hurt worse by the dog. Taping is the most humane thing. Tell that to the snowflakes.
I just hate seeing birds die of natural causes unless I'm that natural cause.
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Re: Need help with wate intro

Postby JONOV » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:07 am

I ran my dog in his NA test at shy of 9 months. At 7 1/2 months, I was struggling big time to get him to swim. The fact that it was winter didn't help much. The trainer I talked to (who I will be sending him to) and who had seen my dog in the field and he told me to get a (flightless) duck and set him on the pond. Rather than trying to run down a single duck I took him to a lake with Geese. We crested the hill, he saw the geese, ran down after them, chased them to the waters edge, stood there whining in the lake, and after a minute of back and forth, never looked back. He swam for 15 -20 minutes after those geese. I don't know if goose chasing is adviced with them having goslings now, but the duck idea might be your best bet.
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Re: Need help with wate intro

Postby daeion » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:08 am

Wife took the pup to the dog park yesterday and even though I've told her no throwing sticks, she decided to throw a good sized one into the pond and our pup went after it and swam about 20 ft out to get it and then brought it back. Now I know how parents feel when they miss their kids first step... Back to the park tonight with some bumpers to see if she'll repeat the swimming.
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