Where did you come up with this at? The Pro or somewhere else???Thanks for the responses everyone.
I honestly don't know all of the steps that the pro took in completing force fetch. Maybe that's my fault for not asking, especially so if I was going to continue the training myself rather than sending back to the pro for more advanced work. Lesson learned.
Based on the posts above, I tried to following:
Put down a ladder of bumpers out to about 25 yards, 5 yards for the first bumper.
Took him from kennel to heel and let him see the bumpers
Commanded dead and back, he went to the first bumper and brought it right back
Repeated until he made it to the end of the bumper ladder
Started all over again and he completed 12 retrieves with no issues
Tried it on a pile and his only real "challenge" was shopping the pile but this was for a split second (nose vs. mouth) and he was hurrying back to me, not stand over the pile trying things on and dropping bumpers until he found the one he liked best.
Next I sat the pup about 5 yards in front of me with the ladder set up behind him. I commanded back and he too 3 steps to me then turned and ran to first bumper.This was much shorter than he was traveling before as he would run all the way to me originally before heading out to the pile.
I think I will try the rope idea as I do think he understands the command but has this "hitch" that needs to be corrected.
I will report back after trying the rope concept for a few days, simplifying the drill until he understands that he needs to immediately turn and head to the pile/bumper ladder.
Thanks and any additional advice is appreciated.