Bill Hillman posted these videos on developing desire.
Yes I meant eating quail.
Last edited by Wayne Nutt; 08-03-2014 at 12:32 AM.
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HRCH Marks a Lot Midnight Hudson, SH "Hudson"-retired
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X-Ten, go to Bill Hillmann's website and blog and watch the 7-part video on creating desire and drive using excitement. The little GR puppy in the video, Tart, comes from Grand Champion and Champion Breed Ring parents. Sometimes and with no disrespect to breeders and owners of Breed ring potential dogs, because I have a LR like this, the desire, drive to retrieve is not quite there and good enough to play the upland, duck hunt, HT or FT games. Tart's owners want this little gal to do field work. With plenty of excitement to create desire sessions, this little gal is ready for more retriever training. Her confidence and desire to do the job her genes tell her to do are there and awake. She's ready for the next stages of training.
p.s. use a squeaky toy during her excitement lessons and switch to bumpers and birds later.
Well I can not leave a dog in a kennel and not work them so , I force fetched the dog , kept working with that idea and what happened was pretty dramatic. Not only did the dog learn to love retrieving , he learned to flush birds and the more birds I shot for him the better he got. Honestly, he turned out as good as most flushing dog labs I have seen.
That is not the first lack luster dog I have turned into a fine working retriever for owner / hunter. And just this year I ran into another dog like old yellow. And if you see this dog doing swim-by right now - It is doing it better than some dogs I have worked from field Champion bloodline. And that is dam scary ! But will the dog ever go to those high lever of retriever work ? NO ! would be my answer.
But if you all don't want to believe me - Come here and see for yourself -I have honest witness that will vouch for me
( Force Fetch could be a answer towards your problem)
I agree with what Tony Marshall said.
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I had the same problem. My pup is 10 months old right now. Retrieving didn't click with her until about 8 or 9 months. She would lope to 3 or 4 marks and then she would be done. She showed absolutely no excitement. I was almost ready to send her home to mom and dad and get me another dog. Now, she can't get enough. She loves to retrieve. Honestly, I don't know what happened to make her this way. Abbie seemed to have more drive when she was around other dogs and when she watched other dogs retrieve. If it was just us out there, she wasn't excited. Im not saying it will get better but I would have patience if I was you. Abbie finally came around and she's doing great now. Good luck!!
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