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    Wonder if anyone has ideas on how to stop a young dog from giving voice when swimming - can't get there fast enough. Have thought of not allowing them to complete the retrieve but not sure how easy it would be to get the dog back. Two of my pups (with different owners) that are very driven are doing this - funny neither parents or grand parents did must be genetic somehow! Apparently they don't always do it but often enough to be a problem.
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    How are they giving voice? Actually barking/yipping or just nasally squeaking?

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    How old are they and at what level of training??

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    Don't make a big deal out of it. It will go away.

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    They are 2 years old and in transition. Hope it does go away - they are barking rather than yipping - starts off as a yip.
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    Uh, I don't believe that is going away on it's own. JMO but you better do something and do it quickly and consistently especially if they are going to compete.

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    Is it on short swims also or just longer ones? Steve S
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    Let me guess---it happens on the first water retrieve but not on subsequent retrieves. In any event, why is it a problem for you, how is it interfering with your goals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Marshall View Post
    Uh, I don't believe that is going away on it's own. JMO but you better do something and do it quickly and consistently especially if they are going to compete.
    I have to agree with Tony. I have one that squeals like a pig on the way to the mark in the water. He can be heard clear up in the gallery. Doesn't matter if its a long or short swim. This is something that isn't going away on its own accord. I would love to know the fix. Whats odd is he will only do this at a Hunt Test. I cannot replicate it under any other conditions.
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    My dog did that on the first couple water retrieves with real birds. I think I was just from the sheer excitement. It went away on its own.

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