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    My 11 moth old lab seems to have lost interest in retrieving. In July and August she was retrieving fine, but now she will run after the dummy sometimes, but turns away when she reaches it. I am not an everyday trainer, and can only work with her when time allows. I have changed dummies to see if she associates her old dummy with a bad experience, although I do not know what that might be.

    Any suggestions on what I can do to fix the issue.

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    step 1 - Welcome to the RTF

    step 2 - check her teeth. may be a late teether or broke one.

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    To add to Ken

    step 3- is she in her heat cycle
    step 4- where is she in training (if in force fetch some dogs have a bad attitude towards retrieving until we can snap them out of it.)
    step 5- Are you leaving her wanting more or retrieving till she decides she is done.

    Ken I like the lift the hood statement. That should be in the one liner thread from the other day.
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    Welcome to RTF and one question have you force fetched her?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    Welcome to RTF and one question have you force fetched her?
    Thanks glad to be here.


    Not sure what you mean by "Force Fetch". I was simply working with her on returning the dummy, on both land and water. She was doing great and then suddenly no interest. I can not even give it to her and have her follow me around. I have checked her teeth, while they have some plaque I can not see a broken one. I can play with her muzzle and she does not yelp, or pull away.

    It is very frustrating.

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    Put her up. No play, no work, nothing. Eat, pee, sleep and that's all she gets. Wait a week or so and see if her attitude changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck Blind View Post
    Put her up. No play, no work, nothing. Eat, pee, sleep and that's all she gets. Wait a week or so and see if her attitude changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinghasstyle View Post
    step 4- where is she in training (if in force fetch some dogs have a bad attitude towards retrieving until we can snap them out of it.)
    Style,
    How do you snap them out of a bad attitude?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufsea View Post
    Style,
    How do you snap them out of a bad attitude?
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    I agree with putting her up and making her wait a while. I've never gone a week, just four or so days works on the few occasions I've had a dog "quit" retrieving.

    This does bring up a question though... Say this happened before FF in whatever program you are following, is FF an answer to this problem, or do you work to get the dog excited again and then FF?
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