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    Default When do you consider a dog fully FF?

    I have a 7 month old BLF and I have been following the Lardy Program. I have used ear pinch to teach fetch and have moved through all three steps outlined in Lardy’s program: ear pinch starting close all the way down to the ground, walking fetch and stick fetch.

    I am trying to understand from those experienced with FF as to when you consider the dog fully FF. What behaviors do you expect the dog to exhibit when you say “this dog is successfully FF”? Or what type of behaviors does the dog exhibit when you say more FF work is required?

    This is where I am at:
    I have done stick fetch twice and she hasn’t refused to pick up a bumper and didn’t drop a bumper when tapped with the stick.

    However when I throw bumpers for marks or just fun bumpers, occasionally (5% of the time) she will run to the bumper not pick it up, sniff around or even sit and look at me. I will command fetch while walking towards her. She doesn't immediately pick it up but as I get closer she runs and gets the bumper.

    Secondly when she returns with a bumper I am working on front finish. I will command HOLD, HOLD and SIT (sometimes a whistle blast). She will sit but drops the bumper 80% of the time. When I command FETCH she almost always picks it up and I gently tell her to hold and she does until I take the bumper. If there is any refusal to pick the bumper up all I have to do is touch her ear and she quickly grabs the bumper.

    Should I consider my dog FF and move on to simple casting using the occasional ear pinch when warranted or do I need to continue with stick fetch using ear pinch on every refusal?

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    She is not fully force fetched until she will pickup the bumper, even under adverse circumstances, and hold it until you take it from her. From your description you you are not ready for stick fetch, sounds like you may need help.

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    at my house a dog is fully FF'd after force to pile
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget Bodine View Post
    at my house a dog is fully FF'd after force to pile
    Similar, I think ff is done after the double T. I want them to have to gone through old burns with piles to either side without popping, flaring (very much) and to have done no goes with subsequent corrections.

    So to me ff is a process, a major part of basics.
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    A basic FF is typically 6 weeks. However that is just to get them fetching off the ground, with a solid hold 90% of the time. If the dog is dropping it 80% of the time, its not through basic. FF is really done after FTP, T work and doing pattern field. That is where the dog really demonstrates all the varying skills basic FF teaches.

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    That is true, I've got my pup to the point where he doesn't drop it at all when he brings it back from a marked retrieve and from there we move on to some obedience while he is still holding the bumper, heel,sit, here and sending him to place. Next will be FTP and some T work.

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    After you go in the pond in your boots and jeans, to get her to quit playing at the shore line and she doesnt do it again
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    When I can put a hot dog on the ground and the pup will bring it back instead of eating it. Not sure we will ever get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claycruncher View Post
    .....However when I throw bumpers for marks or just fun bumpers, occasionally (5% of the time) she will run to the bumper not pick it up, sniff around or even sit and look at me. I will command fetch while walking towards her. She doesn't immediately pick it up but as I get closer she runs and gets the bumper.

    Secondly when she returns with a bumper I am working on front finish. I will command HOLD, HOLD and SIT (sometimes a whistle blast). She will sit but drops the bumper 80% of the time. When I command FETCH she almost always picks it up and I gently tell her to hold and she does until I take the bumper. If there is any refusal to pick the bumper up all I have to do is touch her ear and she quickly grabs the bumper.
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