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    Hi, I'm not that new to forum but I am new to posting and training. I have an 8 month blm that has been forced fetch but no walking fetch, stick fetch, etc. My question is can I take him hunting or should I skip rest of season with him and just continue training. Any advice is appreciated and thanks for all the helpful information on this site. P.S. also don't know how to post pics.

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    Train. You can create lasting problems if you take Ol' Fido before he's ready. Just my opinion...

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    TEACH the dog...lots of people know how to train...lots of hunting years ahead of you, really fun ones, if you teach the dog the use of skill sets that mother nature gave him....you rush him thru the process now and you may spend a lifetime of correcting the dog during a hunt which should be nothing but fun times for the two of you
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    Thanks all for the advice. I will take it in and use it and stick with training.

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    Stick with training. You'll have plenty of time to hunt in future years.

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    "I will take it in and use it and stick with training."

    That's a wise choice (and often not easy). Good for you.

    Here's a link describing the "first hunt" of a pup that trained first.

    Gunny's 1st Hunt (link)
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    HR Kwick Daisy's Spirit Keeper SH
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    HR Kwick Draw McGraw SH (June, 2007 - May, 2014)

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    Thanks for the link that was a good read

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    I think it depends on your intended use - train for trials - get him into birds - the more the better - if he will be a hunter mostly - a good read is The Shooting Labrador by Mike Gould

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    Train now and hunt later. Even when you first get him innthe blind to hunt, do so with friends letting them shoot while you maintain focus of attention on your pup. Like so many others have explained, now is really a time to create sound foundational beginnings and not to create what could become ongoing problems. It is so much easier to entrench good solid habits from the start, than it is to make corrections on negative behaviors. Good luck and take your time with that pup.

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