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    Default Training inexperienced retrievers for crippled puddlers

    A crippled puddler duck can be confusing for the first time if all the youngster has been exposed to is floating dead ducks in training. The youngster needs to paddle in neutral (tread water), searching for a diving puddler, pursue and sometimes dive under to catch the crippled puddler.

    Here is a drill I like to to before the first duck hunt to teach the youngster how to begin dealing with crippled puddlers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTk9L4KDqBo

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    Interesting.
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    That was different. I have not seen that before.
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    How'd you do that?
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    I have seen it done with a duck, small rope and an anchor with eye bolt. Pull rope and duck goes down. I always worried that dog would get caught in rope.
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    I use a Dokken diver ,its held onto a leader with rubber bands , that is hooked onto a stout rod and reel . When you crank it in it dives under water and when you want the dog to get it just a quick pop of the rod tip it comes loose from the leader . Got it from Gundog supply ,they also have a video of it in action . The video is on youtube .
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    If you shoot enough ducks for them it will happen,no better teacher than the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labman63 View Post
    If you shoot enough ducks for them it will happen,no better teacher than the real thing.
    While I agree with the second part of your statement, the first leave me cold. I'd much rather work with wing-wrapped, free swimming mallards than waste game while Pup sorts things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labman63 View Post
    If you shoot enough ducks for them it will happen,no better teacher than the real thing.
    ...Jack @ 11 mos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck187 View Post
    How'd you do that?
    I drill a 1/8 hole in the tennis ball and use 30-lb monifiliment line with the end knot pushed into the hole. Tie the knot so it is approximately the same size of the hole , but pulls out easily. I advance the drill so the diving tennis ball eventually dives, and pops up at a different location 10 meters away..like a crippled puddler. I think this helps for the youngster that has been conditioned to always retrieving floating bumpers/birds that do not move and do not dive. The youngster needs to learn to tread water, searching for movement, then pursuing that movement, and dive after the diving puddler.


    It really helps if the retriever learns to dive after a diving puddler.
    Here is an extreme example of a black lab that dives 9 feet down in a pool:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phuRrUQ6Ky0

    Off course, if you have access to a live duck and a small pool or, that is the best way to train for cripples:
    http://www.fieldandstream.com/articl...on-diving-duck

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