My dog is six months. I first taught hold, and he is very proficient with that. I have been working on FF now for about 12 days and I have been able to transition the bumper to the ground. I am now working on walk fetch for the last 4 or 5 days. In walk fetch he refuses to fetch and avoids the bumper completly without an ear pinch, and so I apply ear pinch and force the fetch. While doing so he reaches down and puts the bumper in his mouth and then just stands there head down on the ground after I release the pinch with the bumper in his mouth and doesn't move unless I command sit, or pull his head up by the collar, or command heel and continue walking. He just seems to be shutting down from the ear pinch with head on ground after the fetch during walk fetch. Is this normal response?
He is CC and I am thinking of transitioning to the ecollar now instead of continuing with the ear pinch, and completly bypass stick fetch, I know he knows what I want. I am also considering just stopping FF for a week or so and step back altogether and start over. Thoughts on what to do please would be appreciated.