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    Default As excited for bumpers as his food.

    Since I brought my pup home back in November, I have always made him sit and wait while I prepared his food. It has made him quite solid. We progressed up to having him sit across the room. After I place the bowl, I go about half way to him and call him to heel. Then I give him a line and send him with back. The whole drill, he looks worthy of a master hunter title. I mean, the snap and pop, the contained excitement and the explosive charge to the bowl is awesome. Not so much when retrieving bumpers. There has got to be a way to get him as excited over them bumpers as he is for his food. I actually entertained the idea of stuffing the bumpers full of kibble just to try it, but I don't want to go there. Any one got any ideas for this?

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    Make it fun. Would he chase that duck he's sleeping beside? How about an empty plastic water bottle? I think all puppies like them.

    Most popular answer, wing clipped pigeons. Don't worry about the retrieving part for now, just get him to chase things.

    I don't know your routine but you can try crating him for a few hours before you play chase. What you're trying to get him to love has to be the excitement high point of the day.

    Playing sit and stay is fun but you don't want him to be so good at staying. You want, need go, go, go.

    Oh, and quit while he still wants more.
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    Funny, I have the exact opposite issue in my dog.

    I can pour his food out and he couldn't care less about it.
    I pull a bumper out and he goes nuts!

    Kind of a good problem, but keeping weight on him is kind of an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon a View Post
    Funny, I have the exact opposite issue in my dog.

    I can pour his food out and he couldn't care less about it.
    I pull a bumper out and he goes nuts!

    Kind of a good problem, but keeping weight on him is kind of an issue.
    Me too!!! I wish he'd focus and eat his food like he chases a bumper.

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    Perhaps you are being to heavy handed with obedience. If you are jacking the pup around when it comes to retrieving like you are with his food, you may be sucking the fun out of it for your pup.

    Renee P

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    Don't get me wrong, he IS retrieving, just not as intense as the food. I gotta post a video. You'd be amazed. He is crated during the day and between sessions on training days. I think I will go back to the pigeon again. The last one was pretty lame and didn't pose much of a challenge to him. Gotta try catching a wild one instead of buying a pen raised one.
    We are following Hillmann's puppy program and progressing. I think I may have one of them there late bloomers. He does get excited about it, just not bouncing-out-of-his-fur, waiting-to-explode excited like with the food.

    As I am sitting here typing, it has just become clear to me...I need to throw the cat! The two of them just broke the sound barrier going through the house.

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    Make him earn his food by retrieving a bumper.
    Darrin Greene

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