" In addition to hunting I was going to put him in the backyard this summer and just let him play." PS:I would run water blinds as often as I could...Any kind and any length,some short and simple..always cold....never repeat...run from the other end if possible..You get two for one that away...Steve S
Was he ever forced?
Very interesting story Steve. Do you think that would also work with a bitch that has decided to be sticky delivering the last bird of multiple retrieves in trials only? Could give the hold command with a nick for birds and bumpers? This is a fully trained 8 /2 year old that is going a bit senile on me!
that is hard to say ...A trial wise dog is a very difficult critter to deal with ....If you didn't run trials for some time and the dog developed the habit of releasing with a reinforcement expectation there may be some carry over for a short duration of time ...May never completely ( reprogram ) the dog...It all depends on how strong the habit has become engrained...I would try making the dog hold the bird for long period of time in training to see if it would finally want to give it up on its own...Then force a hold or fetch...Let the dog learn on its own that holding that bird can get boring....and tiresome...Here again the situation is different than at a trial....I would be interested in the out come of your efforts...Steve S
" Could give the hold command with a nick for birds and bumpers?" I am confused here...I would be giving a drop or leave it command and stimulation to get the release...Hard stimulation, make an impression...Dog may refuse to pick it back up when commanded ...now you will see how much fetch you have in the dog...If pressure is necessary do it ...balance ....too much leave it='s not enough fetch ...too much fetch ='s not enough leave it .....Steve S
Sorry, meant to say 'give' not hold! Will give it a try over the next three weeks before our next trial and see what happens.
Best wishes ....Please let me know the out come at the trial...thanks Steve S
Bill, yes he has been through ff, force to pile, T, water force and swim-by
How does he act in training on water blinds?