I've been wasting my money on tequila apparently
what the heck /paul, that ain't a Rush song ! !
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
Your dog will retrieve just about anything. Your dog is doing just about everything it can to show you. So now the question becomes “Are you happy with what your dog is doing?” If the answer is yes, then all is good, but if something does happen in the future and things change because of who knows…Will you still be happy or ponder what you need to do, if that arises, if things do change?. Lastly...Always is not a good word to use, but in this case, try and keep an open mind and do what is best for you and fido, if that situation does comes up.
Everyone should make their own decisions as to the method they use in the training of their dogs. However, as professional trainer, I have no intention of ever teaching my clients or writing articles on how to train a mediocre hunting or trial dog.
have fun training
NO DOG WILL PERFORM TO HIS TRAINING LEVEL UNLESS HIS HANDLER IS CAPABLE OF MAKING HIM DO SO!
"When he stood up to speak, battalions of words issued forth from his mouth and scoured the countryside in search of an idea, and when they found one, they swiftly and thoroughly beat it to death." ---- -Anonymous
I have a basin wrench in my tool box. I have needed it once in my life (so far - knock on wood), and it was invaluable on the occasion I needed it. I hope I never need it again, but if a situation arises in the future where I need it then I have it and I know what to do with it to correct the problem.
I don't know much about this dog training thing, but I am convinced that I would want to have the FF tool in my toolbox so it would be just like that basin wrench. I may never need it, but if I ever do, it will be invaluable. And keep in mind that this is referring only to a refusal, and says nothing of the other benefits of FF. Do you absolutely have to have it to have a retriever that retrieves birds? Absolutely not. But why wouldn't you want the tool?
HR Belle's Rolling Big Rig MH "Jimmy"
With another thread on the main page the poster is having trouble getting his dog to enter cold water for a retrieve. Without FF as a basis for water force work , where do you go from there?
"Prepare your dog in such a manner that the work he is normally called upon to do under-whelms him, not overwhelms him." ~ Evan Graham
“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
― George Bernard Shaw
The Smartwork System for Retriever Training (link)