- Oct 17, 2010
I have a lab pup that does everything i ask of him very well, he will pick up a dummy all day but will have nothing to do with a real duck or goose. any advice would be great. thanks
i have tried everything stated above plus a live duck and still nothing he has not been ff and is 13 months old, is that old enough, and is that what i need to do?
I have a lab pup that does everything i ask of him very well, he will pick up a dummy all day but will have nothing to do with a real duck or goose. any advice would be great. thanks[/QUOTE
ok this was THE WAY HR-AA-Duke WAS at 9 months old....this is AA ..After FF..at 10 months..:
some dogs have the desire some don't. If the dog is that old and won't pick one up I'd call a professional trainer and ask them for assistance. They might have a trick or two to help. If that doesn't do it Rover might be a house pet.
so will a good trainer still ff a dog that old?
outHeres what we did and i know some guys on here arnt gona like it but it worked with jessi and shes good to go now,
We took her on a hunt and got her to where she would run out after the birds we had shot but not pick them up, we walked out to the birds with her picked them up and gave her praise. Then when we got home we got one of the dead birds and essentially played with her with it like it was a toy. gradually she started to mouth it and then she got used to the idea of having the bird in her mouth. The next time we took her hunting and we killed a bird she would go out and mouth at it but not pick it up. So we did the "play" with it thing again at the blind to get her to get used to the feathers. Then we had her sit and we threw the duck about 10 yards from the blind she marked it we sent her and thats all she wrote. Shes good to go now. I just think its gona take a lot of getting your dog around the atmosphere and lots of praise when dealing with ducks. Your dog will get it its just takes time. Hell Jessis 3 now and just this year was her first retrieve on a hunt.
Good luck with your dog, hope this helps.