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    Default Fun bumper keep away, no issues on marks

    Following Evan Graham's Smartwork program...


    formalized obedience and in the process of FF. Still running marks, and having no issues with that. However, when throwing fun bumpers she has started to play keep away. I take this as a disregard for the here command? Should I use pressure to correct this? Just wondering if pressure is appropriate to use during a fun bumper? On marks, I have no issues with this. She also responds to the here command well in other situations.


    Also, should I back off FF and revisit OB training?


    Obviously, this is a rookie question and I appreciate your help. Thanks for your time.

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    Something to consider...
    Happy Bumpers can lead to injury you don't want when they put on the breaks. Not worth it. Thrown into water is OK if you have to do fun bumpers. Others will say they are OK and I have thrown them on occasion but not as a regular habit.
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    While in the FF process I was told to stop all retrieving is this true? Thanks

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    The other term for fun bumper is "freebie". There's a reason for that. With that being said don't let your obedience standard erode. I would suggest not giving commands with freebies and just turning and walking away, ignoring the dog if they don't bring it back. They will soon realize that if they want the fun to continue then they have to bring it back. If you do issue a command, enforce it but don't be surprised at this stage if they spit the bumper. Only you can decide if this is counterproductive for your dog during FF.

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    10r2004;1198026]While in the FF process I was told to stop all retrieving is this true? Thanks[/QUOTE]



    Absolutly false in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Marshall View Post
    The other term for fun bumper is "freebie". There's a reason for that. With that being said don't let your obedience standard erode. I would suggest not giving commands with freebies and just turning and walking away, ignoring the dog if they don't bring it back. They will soon realize that if they want the fun to continue then they have to bring it back. If you do issue a command, enforce it but don't be surprised at this stage if they spit the bumper. Only you can decide if this is counterproductive for your dog during FF.
    It isn't a fun bumper if you are enforcing rules

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    Fun bumpers are like giving cake to a fat kid. What possible good can come from it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun_Dog2002 View Post
    Fun bumpers are like giving cake to a fat kid. What possible good can come from it?

    /paul
    They're sweeter if you have to eat them in a survival situation?

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    I incorporate a couple of fun bumpers to help boost the attitude of the dog when there tends to be a disconnect between the dog and I during training situations where the dog and I are both frustrated with each other. During FF it helps to break up the repetitive grueling routine. It is much easier training a happier dog than a dog who has given up on you. But one thing to remember is that I never give fun bumpers when the dog has done a poor job.

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    Don't do it!IMO
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