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    I have a new pup and she is all over the live pigeons and wings I throw for her but never brings them back. I might be over reacting, she's only 8 weeks. She basically jumps on the bird or wing then just lays down without returning with the wing in her mouth. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun_Dog2002 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by willidru View Post
    I have a new pup and she is all over the live pigeons and wings I throw for her but never brings them back. I might be over reacting, she's only 8 weeks. She basically jumps on the bird or wing then just lays down without returning with the wing in her mouth. Any suggestions?
    Yep....She is doing what she is suppose to. It is up to you now to understand why and go forward with that knowledge. A good puppy book or video is a great start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjh345 View Post
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    Throwing birds for 8 week old puppy = good way to create mouth problems

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    10-4 I get the picture. Ill cancel tomorrows triple blind retrieves jk. I ordered smart works that should be here this week. I read water dog and it made it seam like I needed to get on it right away. I just wasn't sure why she just grabbed the wing and sat not coming back or going anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    Throwing birds for 8 week old puppy = good way to create mouth problems
    Why? Any additional education would be great.

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    Because she is learning (unintentionally) to get a bird or part of a bird and chew it up and eat it. You will learn to control as much as you can all her learning experiences and be able to make them go as you wish.

    For now let her be a puppy. Encourage her when she is timid, rein her in when she is too bold. Teach her that your are a great "fair" person and let her experience the world in a positive manner.

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    What John said. All you want to see at this age is that she likes birds and bird scent. As Ed said, no need to continue that exposure until she's a bit older and has more of a foundation to deal with birds in a more productive manner. Take her on lots of nature walks, expose her to as many different surfaces and experiences as possible and manage her interactions to make them positive experiences. Teach her that you are the coolest thing in her world and be fair in everything you do with her and you'll have her lifelong dedication. Do some fun obedience and fun retrieving (paint rollers, balled up socks, puppy bumpers, etc.). Formal training can wait another month or two, once you've developed the bond needed.

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