So I thought I was done with force fetching...
I am using the Lardy manual and DVDs as a guide.
Everything has gone somewhat smooth so far in the force fetching process. A solid hold was difficult in the beginning (hard mouth issues), but after that, all of the forcing has been a breeze. My 9mo old YLF is what I percieve to be as competent all the way through walking fetch and fetch/no fetch.
As far as taking what she has learned into the field...She does fine on single retrieves...brings the dummy back to heel, sits, and holds fairly well(maybe a drop on a readjustment 1 out of 5 retrieves which I correct with an ear pinch to pick up from the ground). The problem is, when I pull out multiple dummies, she cannot help but drop when she begins to heel. She gets excited and starts mouthing, which more often than not, leads to a drop. Again, I promptly correct with an ear pinch to fetch from the ground and she responds like she should, picking up the dummy, and then she performs as she should; holding and marking another thrown dummy in the field, then dropping her hold upon command, then retrieving. During her retrieve, she encounters the same problem as before: too much excitement at the anticipation of the next dummy being thrown which leads to a sloppy hold and a drop when attempting to heel/sit.
When I first encountered this problem 5 days ago, I figured I could teach her the proper way in a few days. Well, I dont feel like I'm making too much headway.
Can anyone shed some light on my problem? Should I return to strict FF'ing again with no retrieving? Or maybe should I just continue on to the next step in Lardy's program, Collar Conditioning, and hope she responds better to force through a collar since I can promptly correct her upon dropping? Any advice that anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated.