I have a 13 month old male Chessi and have been training him in the back yard. I took him to the dog park for the first time a couple weeks ago so I could give him some longer retrieves.
When I sent him on his first retrieve other dogs ran at him and wanted him to play! All the new smells and dogs were very distracting so after two retrieves I stopped and let him play a little then after things calmed down I did two more retrieves and left.
I did not have an e-coller on him.
I have been back 4 more times with the e-collar and he is doing well on some 120 yard retrieves but not running as fast as he could on the longer retrieves but getting better each time. I only give him 2 to 5 retrieves and leave.
Is it normal when you start longer retrieves that the dog runs a little slower until they get used to it? It could be his conditioning or the combo of conditioning and distractions. Sometimes I have trouble getting him to look at the bumper when I line him up, he wants to look at the other dogs instead. Like I said he is getting better each time though.
He has just started doing blind retrieves. I'm following the Mike Lardy's Total Retriever Training
What do you think I should do when he looks at the other dogs when I'm lining him up for a longer retrieve?
What do you think about training at a dog park?
I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions.