Thanks to everyone that is offering up suggestions and reading material. I really appreciate all the help:) This site is offering WAY more ideas than the michigan sportsmans forum and i am glad to have joined!
Hi again all.
well have taken your advice and have been working on FF with my dog and after about a week i now have a couple more questions based on what i am seeing from her. I am using the ear pinch method. It took her about one afternoon for her to get the picture - grab bumper and pinch stops. She is now grabbing the bumper upon the fetch command without any pinch whatsoever. She is also holding upon my command (this took her two days). So i got the dead goose out of hte freezer and she is now only bringing that back half way and then proceeds to drop it and lick it. So i dont know if this is because i have not FF'd her enough yet (i kinda quite pinching her since she will grab the bumper out of my hand upon my command)?.. Or do i need to FF her wth dead birds too? It may also be that i am trying to work with her too much (and she is getting board) but i dont know since i have never taught FF. Any thoughts?
FF should take MUCH longer than a week...as in weeks to month(maybe more) of short 5-15 min sessions. You have not FF the dog at all. You need some help or a good FF video to watch.
Someone here did post some youtube videos of thier progress throughout. You check those out if you can find them as another reference. I would still look at a complete video.
Ah Ha found it! Check these out...there is even a critique from the RTF's. This is a good watch/read. This will not replace some professional instruction on a teaching video, but this is what you should expect.
Thanks for these clips - they are very helpful!
Was finally able to bring down a buffle yesterday and a malard today on the water. Brooke retrieved both like a champ!