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Thread: Force Fetch sensitive gums?

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    There should be plenty of experienced retriever folks nearby as well as some professional help.

    I'd strongly urge you to seek out an experienced local trainer to get some meaningful input.

    There are so many variables and those reading this thread have so little detail that any advice is just going to be a "guess".

    You only get one chance to do it right the first time.

    Good luck! Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson View Post
    There should be plenty of experienced retriever folks nearby as well as some professional help.

    I'd strongly urge you to seek out an experienced local trainer to get some meaningful input.

    There are so many variables and those reading this thread have so little detail that any advice is just going to be a "guess".

    You only get one chance to do it right the first time.

    Good luck! Chris
    I've talked to two trainers so far one says reinforce hold with collar which obviously doesn't work and the other says to switch bumpers and then pretty much EVERYBODY else says see the vet and hold off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson View Post
    There should be plenty of experienced retriever folks nearby as well as some professional help.

    I'd strongly urge you to seek out an experienced local trainer to get some meaningful input.

    There are so many variables and those reading this thread have so little detail that any advice is just going to be a "guess".

    You only get one chance to do it right the first time.

    Good luck! Chris
    Also, what's your opinion on just throwing some soft fun bumpers around while we figure this out?

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    talking to and actually visiting a trainer are two different things . I want you to come here so I can see what you are doing and how the dog is responding and what you are doing again... find somebody to do that
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    I think, personally, I'd be more concerned with the dogs mouth & muzzle by the looks of the nasty sores in the picture. But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs4life View Post
    I've talked to two trainers so far one says reinforce hold with collar which obviously doesn't work and the other says to switch bumpers and then pretty much EVERYBODY else says see the vet and hold off.
    My suggestion is not to talk with someone and come away with a quick fix step.

    My my suggestion is to physically work with someone experienced who can evaluate where you guys are and what's going on and give live meaningful input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson View Post
    My suggestion is not to talk with someone and come away with a quick fix step.

    My my suggestion is to physically work with someone experienced who can evaluate where you guys are and what's going on and give live meaningful input.
    Well I'm waiting to see what the vet says first. Today his gums are very dark red

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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTFSH View Post
    I think, personally, I'd be more concerned with the dogs mouth & muzzle by the looks of the nasty sores in the picture. But that's just me.
    I'm very concerned with that. That's why we're gonna to the vet tomorrow ASAP. I really don't know what the sores are from maybe switching dog foods? If its not the gums then that will be a whole different situation that I will probably try and go to a trainer and see what's going on. Closest gainer to me is 2 hours away.

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    Could be tick borne diseases and God knows what else
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    I once read in a retriever book, a story about a FF'd dog that suddenly started holding the bumper very gingerly. It actually turned out to be a lower jaw injury. The guy went to smaller bumpers after the dog healed. Can't remember the title off hand. Good Luck!

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