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12-30-2009, 08:17 PM
Maybe the wrong forum but........This is my first season with a dog and he is doing great. Will fetch just about every thing. Took him out for ducks and he is awesome. Finds crippled ducks on the way to and from the blinds but he willnot bring it to my hand. Took out phesant hunting this year and he brought the birds right to me but ducks are a different story. He loves them and the taste which is probably my fault. I feed him some duck meat from last year before the season and I think he really likes it. Since the season started and he has been my blind partner he does not get any duck meat.
Basically he will fetch the bird and bring it back to about 5 feet from me where he drops it and starts tearing into it. Any thoughts on how I can break him from this habit???
When I get home I put him on a check cord and will make him sit, toss a bird out and he will go fetch on command. When he is on his way back and starts to play witht he bird I pull the cord to make him bring it to me which he does but the blind is a different story. Any thoughts or tips on my training??
01-01-2010, 04:04 PM
step one: don't feed him any more duck.
step two: act excited that he's bringing the duck to you, back up if you have to, praise the hell out of him when he does it right. Practice before hunting.
01-01-2010, 07:50 PM
"Bella" used to do that to me. Did what Aim High said and it worked for me. Added her favorite treat to my hand as I reached down to get the bird from her. Feeding duck meat to your dog is not good. Now if I could only convince her that a dog box is not cruel and unusual punishment and that the riders seat is for hunting guests. craig
01-01-2010, 08:18 PM
Time to introduce force fetching.
All dogs will retrieve for a time while it is fun for them or you are right there next to them, but in order to get complete control at all times you have to train for it. Basically setting up scenarios in which the dog is given the opportunity to fail which you have complete control over in order to correct in a positive way.
The force break table is the fool proof method used in the yard, that creates a complete retriever by taking all distractions away by raising the dog off of the ground and giving you complete control allowing controlled repetition which reinforces your commands and the dogs compliance.
A long lead line (20-50 foot)with a bolin knot tied just past the snap swivel, which you use to enforce the command with a roll of the line when the dog does not comply and it snaps them under the jaw. It is used in the field training with live and dead birds as a back up to a force trained dog and gets their attention. Once all training basics are complete electronic collars can be used to re enforce commands from great distances, but the dog must be trained to know what you expect first.
There are loads of books and videos showing exactly what I am describing... Some of the other problems you guys mention are correctable as well by going back to the basics. All dogs will do what thay want unless shown otherwise.
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