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Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by ATM17, Feb 13, 2020.
Field dog. But I also want her to be a family pet as well.
She will definitely be a good family pet. I have no doubt. I Can’t help in the field training obviously. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. Enjoy the process. My lab is going to be 12. He is in good health and still likes to run quite a bit....but he has slowed down considerably and has 2 torn acls. He’s a phenomenal family pet. My kids will take it hard when the time comes. He’s older than they are. He’s been here since they were born. My oldest is 10.
Get one of the mentioned training dvd series and look on the retriever training forum, lots to read there.
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Just an update for ones that care. She’s been with us since Friday, observations so far is that she is very skiddish. I don’t know if it’s because she was raised to this point in a gated community so to speak or what but I’m hoping to grow her out of it. Loves to retrieve balls, not super crazy about a bumper but will do it with no enthusiasm. Sits well and working on heeling. I started reading 10 minute retriever and realized letting her play with our other more dumb dog at home is a terrible idea so I’ve quickly cut that out. Day 1 started today so we will see. Thanks for all the tips so far, I’m looking at all of them.
You can join Freddy Kings the retriever trainer program for $60 a year. Tons of videos and step by step process (broken down by skill, week and even day) to follow. Private facebook group for discussion too. Well worth the money IMO and Freddy always replies via PM to answer any questions you may have. Follow "Teet's Life" if you decide to go that route. However, only so much can be seen from 5-7 min videos. So I've supplemented this program with stuff from Hillmann, Lardy, Graham, and Akin. Also pick the brains of the local pros like Rob D. if you get stuck!
Freddy King used to have a Youtube series (Hunting Retriever) on all basic obedience to cold blinds. It covered basically everything but marks. I really liked it but he may of taken it down because he started that trainer program. Study multiple training plans and adapt to what works for you.
keep in mind you just took a dog away from everything it has known its whole life. Taking it for walks in the woods and letting it explore. also once it gets used to being home. places like rural king and lowes are pet friendly and great for getting a dog out and socializing it. I like rural king because they have rabbits and birds and things like that the dog can smell.
At this point don’t worry about official training. Just let your pup adjust to being with you and just have fun. The most important thing right now is that she will chase stuff. Doesn’t have to pick it up and bring it back just have fun chasing stuff. Get her fired up about chasing. The rest can be worked out. Don’t do to much with the chasing though. Always keep her wanting more.
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