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Not Retrieving to hand

Postby TruAblePup » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:03 am

Hi guys,

My pup is 15 weeks and loves retrieving, but has recently started dropping the item just before he gets to me. How do I fix this and still keep the game fun?


I found this: Will this work do you think? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6CpEEBsfvA


Thanks all,

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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby Doc E » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:59 am

At 15 WEEKS, that's about as good as you can expect.
Depending on the dog and breed, you will he will be ready for the process of Force Fetch in a couple or three months.
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby ryanr » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:40 pm

Slow down, man. You have a pup. The trained retrieve (ie. Force fetch) to hand is finished dog work. Think about waiting until after your pup's NA test or after its first hunting season.
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby JONOV » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:43 pm

Maybe do an "out" and replace with a treat.

But otherwise don't worry about it for several months or a year even.
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby TruAblePup » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:38 am

Thanks guys, I appreciate it.
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby Bruce Schwartz » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:03 pm

the video is pretty good but he'd get there a lot faster trading the dummy/sock for a treat. There is absolutely no need to NOT have your dog retrieving to hand at young age. Look for videos that use positive reinforcement for delivery to hand. Maybe "trained retrieve" or something along that order.
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby Chadwick » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:49 pm

Here is another video of a trainer with a 12 week old DD. Sorry it is in German, but watching it will give you a good idea. I sometimes feel that people have low expectations for puppies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j6BxS3 ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby Duckdon » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:26 pm

Chadwick wrote:Here is another video of a trainer with a 12 week old DD. Sorry it is in German, but watching it will give you a good idea. I sometimes feel that people have low expectations for puppies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j6BxS3 ... e=youtu.be



Good video Chad. I also feel that young pups are often left way behind not because they are young but because their handlers feel that can't or will not learn. Shaping is a strong component. Positive re-enforcement is a HUGE deal.
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Re: Not Retrieving to hand

Postby Bruce Schwartz » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:39 pm

agree with all.

Certain tasks just require maturity and I've been guilty of doing too much too soon and then wondering why the dog isn't consistent. I thought my PP was a dud at swimming and would never be passionate about retrieving dummies, but it was just a matter of her getting older, more secure with herself and her surroundings, and figuring stuff out. Now, a couple of years later she's very strong on both counts. The trouble was that my expectations were too great and I was comparing her to my older dogs and what labradors do at similar ages.
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