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    When and why do you train force fetching? How old should the pup be when you start. IS it for lazy dogs that won't fetch or all dogs. Thanks for any info

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    Do a search on the site for force fetching and you are going to find more threads than you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hnter1018 View Post
    When and why do you train force fetching? How old should the pup be when you start.
    When your pup is past teething, and has had his fundamental obedience commands formalized...solidly. Then, you must read your dog for adequate maturity to be conditioned to pressure.
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    IS it for lazy dogs that won't fetch or all dogs. Thanks for any info

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    No. You can't make chicken soup out of chicken sh*t, even with special techniques. If your pup lacks desire, he may show little improvement through FF. That is not what it's for. It is intended for all working retrievers. Here we go!

    Have you read up on this topic?

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    I agree w/Evan on this one...

    a dog that shows no interest in retrieving will never be made to do so with FF or any other method....

    a dog should be done teething and mature enough to be able to handle the pressure.

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    I hope more read the comment Evan made referring to the lazy dog or one without desire. No truer words spoken.
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    Evan...I am new to training and have not read up on it. MY pup works well with a bumper but like a little kid can have the attention span of a gnat depending on which way the wind blows. Some days he wants to keep going and I stop him until the next time other times he would rather run around. He is only 12 wks and someone mentioned it in another post to me. I had never heard mentioned it until I read something of it in Wolters book gun dog.

    I have introduced him to pheasant wings and a i goose I got last week. It's night and day vs. bumpers. I am not trying to rush him just didn't knoiw if there was something else I should be doing.

    HE sits on command or with a whistle command. Will stay and also come. I don't work with him too much so he learns to hate it. I usually work himn ten minutes a time towo to three times a day.

    Rob

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