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  1. #11
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    I've never had a dog not run a mark their capable of in training, so I guess if I was 100% sure in training a dog was refusing a mark I'd go to a ff method. Is this what ur suggesting?

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    Different scenarios, different places, different things pop-up. I'd give the pup the benefit of the doubt, that he's misunderstanding (maybe he's unfamiliar with that particular game animal, even different types of duck smell different). Maybe he doesn't know that he's responsible to pick up things fall from the sky-they've all came out of wingers, holding blinds with field calls etc. before. I'd walk-out pick up the bird throw it for him a couple of times, get him excited, get him fetching. Then see if he's not going out to pick up other birds that drop, if after that he's still refusing, and he's force fetched, well I think we'd be having a little FF session and a discussion about proper work attitude, while we're out there (dang teenagers sometime got to have a work ethic instilled) . Still my bet is he's looking for gun stations, looking out instead of up, it takes a bit for a dog to understand birds also come from the sky, you'll probably have to drop a few right at his feet, with a splash to make the connection. Taking him out with another experienced dog, could help, they seem to pick it up quicker when they have someone to watch. Still I took an MH dog, for his first hunts last season, took him 3 trips to finally get that birds fall from the sky. Once it connected he became hunt crazy, before that he'd take off backwards, running to other duck blinds, which he thought were gun stations, and it never occurred to him that he might have to mark and fetch birds that dropped 10-20ft away from him .
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    Has he ever been shot over? Like throw a mark , shoot from the line and then send the dog. Did you watch him as the guns were going off? Did he look away from the fall? Was he ok with the gun? Was it multiple guns?
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    Senior Member Howard N's Avatar
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    Just a thought, has he been trained with gunners out to 100 yards in different places? Dogs are situational and he may not understand the game at a completely new place.
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