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    Hi Everyone...Happy New year...I'm a newbie to retreiver training....have read several books but am trying to follow Water Dog by Richard Wolters. OB is going pretty well...when I take him to the Beach to swim / retrieve unless i have the 30foot lead on him he takes off wth the bumper to play keep away. He has a great disposition...water introduction was a breeze....not looking to train him for hunt tests...hoping to be a good family dog/ waterfowling retriever. any suggestions? Thanks Mike

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    So he knows what a lead is or you can still reel him in? If he knows his name and the "SIT" and "COME" command from his OB training it might be time to get an e-collar and introduce him to that.

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    Think about flipping it around a little Mike. What does a good waterfowl retriever and family dog do that isn't the same as a basic or medium level hunt test dog?

    Good on ya to read Water Dog but training a competent hunting dog is easier if you follow a better path. Apparently Wolters book didn't answer your question.

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    Wolters book is pretty antiquated. Basic skills are basic skills and there are several programs that show how to do basics better than Wolters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike F View Post
    .....when I take him to the Beach to swim / retrieve unless i have the 30foot lead on him he takes off wth the bumper to play keep away.......Thanks Mike

    Hi Mike and welcome to the RTF.
    So when he takes off is it in the water?
    When he takes off in the water with his bumper and you call him is it like he does not know his name?
    Will he randomly swim for fun with out making a retrieve?
    When he is playing keep away, as you say. Is it almost like he is in a trance?


    if yes to any or all of the above you have a budding "water freak" on your hands.
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    Water freaking, seems like a video op

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    I'd hold of on the e-collar a little bit until you learn about collar conditioning. One of the biggest things I learned from Lardy was that you should not correct a dog for something it truly does not understand.

    At 6.5 months, with a chessie, just work on obedience. Keep retrieving fun for now. With Good obedience, the rest will fall in line with a Chessie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun_Dog2002 View Post
    Water freaking, seems like a video op

    /Paul
    Not the water freaking with the bubbles at the club /paul

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