Last edited by Dman; 12-03-2012 at 09:47 PM.
"Force fetch isn't about retrieving as much as it is conditioning a dog to handle pressure, in a very controlled environment. It's about putting a dog in the position of having to figure out how to turn off pressure by finding the correct response. This translates into numerous areas in training." Sharon Potter.
[QUOTE=Gunner's Dad;1040312]If you are worried about swimming ability get the vest with the little floaty things built in. I personally dont use them on this my dog because he treats everything like a lazy river if he has it on. Just sorta floats around enjoying himself. /QUOTE]
LOL my 14 yr. old loves her lazy-river vest
"They's Just DAWGS"
"Hunting is a skill to be learned whether you do it early or late it still needs to be learned"
"I train dogs, Not papers"
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MHR HRCH Lakota MH (most importantly Upland/Duck Enthusiast)
SHR Storm.. the Pup (Beginning Upland & Waterfowl Enthusiast)
I had a dog who got her vest (Cabela's brand, 5mm) hung up on some beaver sticks. She struggled ripping her vest, climbed out of it and didn't drop the duck. I don't know if it would always turn out this well. I do have fears of big tangles really limiting their movements and holding them. I figure I might have to go in for one someday. Thank God it hasn't happened yet.
You really gotta be careful about how high a pedestal you put your method, your accomplishments, your dog on. There's usually someone who's done more, somewhere. And they may have used a different method than you did! Chris Atkinson 2013
get your dog out and TRAIN! caryalsobrook 2013
Dont trim the shoulder or neck area of the vest any more than you absolutely have to.
The brands with zippers are harder to get proper fit ,but once on they are less likely to come undone while dog is working.
HR Big Creek Retrievers Independence Day JH QAA "Indy "
I have never had a dog hang up in the water, and hope i never do. But i have had to put trash out of the vest while hunting public lakes. I have pulled pieces of plastic, sticks and other floating objects that got in between the dog and the vest. Was not a big big deal, but did rub raw once when i did not notice till i pulled the vest off at the end of the day. Now i check my vest a few times a day just to make sure that it is clean.
Here it is, hope this link works. I don't see it as a sticky anymore either.
Last edited by LucyTudeOn4Feet; 12-05-2012 at 03:09 AM.
Like I said originally, we have to be the brains in this outfit and use our brains to keep our dogs out of trouble. Use your best judgement.
Last edited by John Robinson; 12-05-2012 at 11:02 AM.
They can swim until they get in trouble.........then what are you going to do about it is the real question. Duckdon