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Thread: Force Fetch sensitive gums?

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    Default Force Fetch sensitive gums?

    Honestly I don't know what todo I'm so disappointed. My dog was doing absolutely great with force fetch his gums are red and if I even touch his bottom teeth he jerks away or if I touch the bottom I his chin he jerks away. We're forcing to pile and he's even doing great with it. He ALWAYS delivers to hand never drops it and all of a sudden today he kept dropping the bumper at my feet I'd eat pinch and say fetch and HOLD but he won't hold it or long he just lets it slowly slowly slip further out of his mouth and then he drops it and then we repeat. Guys please help should I hold off on it for awhile and see what I an do about his gums or is that even it.

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    Any time your dog has a physical condition that interferes with training or is exacerbated by the training you should back off until the condition clears.
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    How do I know for sure it's the sensitive gums causing it? Take him to the vet?

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    Just give him 2-3 days off. Lot less expensive than a vet visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granddaddy View Post
    Just give him 2-3 days off. Lot less expensive than a vet visit.
    Ok should I go ahead and buy him some stuff to help with the guns and teeth instead of vet?

    thanks for the help man

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    Don't know enough about his condition to suggest he needs meds...
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    D4L,

    My personal rule is "when in doubt, go see the vet"

    You can always train later.

    Make sure your dog is healthy, then focus on training later.


    There are so many unknowns and unanswered questions that nobody will be able to accurately help your dog based upon a few sentences written here.

    Good luck! Chris
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    One thing you don't mention is the age of the pup. Are you sure he is done teething?
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    My bad guys. He is 14 months old. So he's got all his permanent teeth.

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    If his gums are a different color than normal and he's that hand-shy, and he's finished teething, I'd have him looked at immediately.

    I don't recall whose dog, but someone had a dog get a roof of a mouth impaled on a broken duck wing during a retrieve. The dog showed immediate reaction, but overcame and kept working. Eventually, it turned into a nasty infection. (at least this is my memory's version of the story)

    When in doubt....go see the vet. My opinion... Chris
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