I have a 12 week old BLF, and I know it's still "early", and the pup is just a "baby" ! BUT she has great prey drive ! always chases ! But somedays she can't get enough, and then another day see won't bring back for nothing ! I have tried to start having my brother act as a gunner and toss short marks for her, but this has turned out to be a epic fail both times we have tried ! first time she always wanted to take it to him, and today she wouldn't even pick it up after running out to it !
Smartworks Volume (1) says 12 weeks should be the starting point for having someone remote tossing marks, but I do not feel she is ready, and wondering if, or were I have already messed up somewhere ? Should she be further along ??? When she is on she retrevies great ! BUT when she's off she's off !!!
We have been doing treat training, and she has her come, sit, down, and kennel very good ! Crate training is still rocky! She seems to not mind laying in her own Pee !! ??? but that's another story we working on it ! .
I have been tossing around (4 to 6), 25 yard marks for her every other day, and like I said some days she looks awesome, and then like today she acted as if she had never seen a paint roller, or every retrevied anything !
I am confused because each time she messes up she does something diffrent ! Like run away, or run past me, or not come at all ??? it's never the same ! and don't know how to correct it ! She is a very high energy pup ! and it's been hard to get a grip on her ! And I am getting frustrated !!!! I always use a check cord when throwing marks, but on the days she doesn't come back I actually have to drag her in !!! And then the next she comes to me and will run me over to get to me with the bumper!
I am doing everything I know to do, but have come up empty ! I know everyone says let her be a pup, but I say that's fine in moderation !!! She has to mind me and learn to obey !!! I am not trying to push her, I am trying to be patient, and let her develop at her own pace, but I am afraid she is 2 or 3 weeks behind were she should be, Maybe I have to high of hopes ???
Any help is very much appreciated !!!