Well to the OP,I hope you get this figured out and it works out for you.You have also got to see some of RTF`s most classy people!!!! God luck this season. Jim
The "right decision"to a retriever is generally that decision which feels good or is the most convenient.So its the trainers job to teach the dog that what feels good is that which pleases the trainer.
From your post, you said that he has been fine so far, but dose not like cold water. than I would start in shallow cold water and close, where he can see the mark. once I got the dog retrieving at a good pace I would add the collar. If everything goes well, then I would start moving out deeper and deeper. If I get a refusal, I would step forward with a fetch nick fetch.
If you are having problems in shallow water, I would stop there and in the summer go back over my force to water, part of my program.
Hunting the Chesapeake with Chesapeake's.
Captain Thor of the Chesapeake **, MH, WDQ
Captain Thor's Gracie girl **, MH, WDQ
Captain Thor's Lulu Belle **, MH, WDQ
Captain Thor's one shot one kill
That is the problem with internet training advice. Dog training is a hands on discipline that requires intimate personal knowledge of the individual dog in front of you as well as the ability to read the dog. NO VIDEO, TELEPHONE CALL OR INTERNET ADVICE CAN EVER DO THAT!!!
The best advice I could give the OP is to get with a good experience pro, mentor or training group
Last edited by truthseeker; 11-24-2013 at 08:03 PM. Reason: more
I now quoted your entire post. From my perspective it changes little or nothing. You still advised a new trainer to apply collar pressure force to a young dog in cold water. I believe that is BAD ADVICE!! This is an inexperienced trainer and a young dog that you know nothing about their experience and training.
Last I checked this was an open forum where all can express their thoughts to possibly help those who ask.
If you think me disagreeing with your advice is rude, well then I'm sorry to get your panties in a wad & offend your tender sensibilities.
So tell me the truth "TRUTHSEEKER" what part of my advice telling the OP to seek competent experienced hands on help do you object to
I did not have a problem with your answer. I thought you miss quoted me by not putting my whole post and you still are. Where I stated if you are having problems with no pressure,I would stop there.