I haven't been on here much lately but I am hoping I can get some help with a problem I have had with my female. She has been this way ever since she was a pup and nothing I have done has done anything to stop it. I was told just don't worry about it after FF it will clear itself up in time, WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! It has done nothing but get worse. I actually think I have two problems, but my gut tells me that they are inter-related.
I didn't know it was possible for a dog to have a soft and a hard mouth all at the same time but this dog has done it. When she picks up a bird or a bumper while its still on the ground she crunches the heck out of it always has, yet when she returns with it her hold is so soft that the birds/bumper will literally just fall right out of her mouth (this is starting to slightly show signs of improvement), then almost every time she gets back to heel she will drop the bird/bumper and crunch it picking it back up, then while she is sitting at heel her hold is so loose and so sloppy that the bird/bumper will slide out of her mouth but as she is feeling it slip her response is to clamp down on it.
When I say she crunches it, I can actually her bones cracking she clamps so hard. When I have her on the table or walking around in the yard I get very few issues, its only when she starts getting excited (which it doesn't take much to get her excited, a low volume verbal "good girl" will spin her up) that this start going down hill. I have tried giving her a Here-nic-Here on her way back from a mark when I see she is about to drop it and it doesn't make a difference. I have gone back through doing weeks worth of OB with a bumper in her mouth correcting for every time she rolls the bumper, drops the bumper, crunches the bumper; its not helping. I have tried knocking the bumper out of her mouth when her hold gets sloppy and ear pinching her back to it. Its almost as if she doesn't care about the correction as long as she gets to make the retrieve or carry the bumper around. I would start denial as a form of correction if I could figure out how to make the correlation for her but that is eluding me.
For what its worth she does this with EVERYTHING, if she is just out running around with me in the yard and picks up a stick she does the exact same thing with it as she does with bumpers or birds.
I am seriously at a loss for this. Has anyone seen this, know how or have any suggestions on how to fix this? Before anyone ask, I am following Smartwork.