14 week old YLM puppy. I have had him for 4 weeks. Was introduced to frozen ducks @ 11 weeks. Regularly use a Dokken Teal for land and a Dokken Mallard for water. Delivers to hand 95% of the time with little encouragement.
No pressure has been introduced for anything yet. Mouth habits for all "dead" things has thus far been great.
Started with live mallards this weekend. Charges to the bird then mouths all over it before trying to pick her up. Will set out in the field for a couple of minutes chewing/mouthing on the bird. He gets the bird by either the wing, butt, or neck and starts coming back. Still not the problem since he isn't putting any teeth in the bird and has been doing this to the same bird now for two days.
Problem is: This evening, Hammer decided that he needed to get the bird half way back and start shaking it. He tried that with the Dokken originally and it corrected it's self when the head caught him under his ear. This is the first time in 4 weeks that he has done this.
Question is: Is this something I should be concerned with now or blow it off since it has only happened with live birds that he can't get all of the way in his mouth?
Thanks in advance for any answers and help.