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    I am new to training and my first pup which is 6 months old. I am getting her started myself and considering sending to a trainer. Only wanting a gun dog to duck and goose hunt. She will sit, stay, starting to get heel, and loves to retrieve. Having a little trouble with her stopping short on the retrieve. She wants to stop about 10 feet away and drop the bumper. Trying to get her to bring the bumper all the way to heel and hold it. Should she be able to do this at 6mo. If so, any suggestions to get her to come all the way back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily'sPal View Post
    any suggestions to get her to come all the way back.
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    When teething they can get a little off their game, so to speak. Good time to work on obedience or something else, and let the mouth get through the teething pain for a little while. Let her have fun being a pup right now and bond with her. She'll come around soon.
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    Are you working with a gunner to help?
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    If your pup is through the teething process already and drops the dummy use the rope like mentioned above or also turn and run away while the pup is comming towards you. When they get close turn to them and give tons of praise. I do this with my 5 month old and it seems to work well just keep retrieves short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigKahuna13 View Post
    If your pup is through the teething process already and drops the dummy use the rope like mentioned above or also turn and run away while the pup is comming towards you. When they get close turn to them and give tons of praise. I do this with my 5 month old and it seems to work well just keep retrieves short.
    Yep.
    Turn and move away from the pup and praise.

    Also, limit the distractions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErinsEdge View Post
    Are you working with a gunner to help?
    Sorry, new to the training lingo. What do you mean by a gunner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily'sPal View Post
    Sorry, new to the training lingo. What do you mean by a gunner?
    the feller 100 yards out in the field that tosses the duck and shoots the gun
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErinsEdge View Post
    Are you working with a gunner to help?
    I think he meant the dog was stopping short on the return, not out in the field before picking up.

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