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    Our new pup (9 months) is proving to be much more difficult to train than our first. Basic OB took a while and during CC to here, she had a very high tolerance to stimulation. She is super high energy and comes out of Yelowstone's TNT Explosion (Nitro) lines. Lots of potential I would hate to miss out on as a rookie trainer.

    I've been thinking about sending her to a pro to get her through FF, handling & blinds. The goal is an awesome waterfowl hunting partner.

    The family and I are a bit concerned with the months she will be away. Does it have any negative impact on bonding? My guess is we are looking at 4 months or more depending...

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    not a bit in my humble opinion
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    I have never had a client imply that it did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundown49 aka Otey B View Post
    not a bit in my humble opinion
    I agree and it might be in your best interest to go with a Pro. Do your homework though.

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    Erik,
    if the dog has been with you for 9 months it won't have any issues remembering who you are or warming up to you when it comes back home. My suggestion is to find a trainer who is within a reasonable driving distance, so you can make visits to train with the dog and trainer. A good trainer will want to teach you some things as much as the dog. And it's a great way to see your pup once or twice a month. I had the same concerns when I sent my dog off as a puppy. There is no need to worry.

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    Had the same concerns myself, it was hard having him away but looking back I wouldn't trade it for the world. Your pup will get put in more situations and build more self confidence than you could begin to teach it. Your pup will honestly come back with a lot stronger bond!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rutin View Post
    Had the same concerns myself, it was hard having him away but looking back I wouldn't trade it for the world. Your pup will get put in more situations and build more self confidence than you could begin to teach it. Your pup will honestly come back with a lot stronger bond!!!
    That was my experience also. Send him, but do your homework first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erikben View Post
    Does it have any negative impact on bonding?
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    Look at it this way. What stands the greater chance of a bonding issue. You screwing her up or her being gone a couple months?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erikben View Post
    Our new pup (9 months) is proving to be much more difficult to train than our first. Basic OB took a while and during CC to here, she had a very high tolerance to stimulation. She is super high energy and comes out of Yelowstone's TNT Explosion (Nitro) lines. Lots of potential I would hate to miss out on as a rookie trainer.

    I've been thinking about sending her to a pro to get her through FF, handling & blinds. The goal is an awesome waterfowl hunting partner.

    The family and I are a bit concerned with the months she will be away. Does it have any negative impact on bonding? My guess is we are looking at 4 months or more depending...
    Cheers!
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    Time and more time and some money well spent. Find the right trainer by deciding what your long term goals are and going from there.
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