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    Just wondering at what age will a puppy go completely crazy over retrieving. My 10 week old puppy seems to love it for about 3-5 times and then he just kinda could care less. I quit when he shows that he has had enough. Just wondering what everyone thinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weasle View Post
    Just wondering at what age will a puppy go completely crazy over retrieving. My 10 week old puppy seems to love it for about 3-5 times and then he just kinda could care less. I quit when he shows that he has had enough. Just wondering what everyone thinks.
    They're all different, but you should try to keep him crazy about retrieving. Try to learn to quit before he's had enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lash View Post
    They're all different, but you should try to keep him crazy about retrieving. Try to learn to quit before he's had enough.
    Yea what John said.
    If he wll do it 5 times stop at 3. If will only do it 3 times stop at 1. Always do less than you know he will do, thus quitting with him wanting more.

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    Plenty of time,still very young. I was a little worried to begin with. Was pretty sure everything would work out fine because of breeding and breeder assurances.But she seemed almost interested . Turned into a retrieving maniac,jumping for the bumper and bringing anything back. Good luck and have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    Yea what John said.
    If he wll do it 5 times stop at 3. If will only do it 3 times stop at 1. Always do less than you know he will do, thus quitting with him wanting more.
    good advice !!!
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    At that age just I try to make it fun fun fun.

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    My pup was the same way at that age. She just now has started showing real excitement and drive for retrieving at 4 months old. I've followed the same advice as listed above and I think it really paid off.

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    Thank you all for the advice. I am using the bill hillman puppy video and was just worried that he was not enjoying it. He chases like crazy but just dont always bring it back. I am just going to slow down and try to get him all pumped up and excited, see what happens in a few days. Maybe even start going once every other day. Thanks again.

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    I don't know the situation for you and pup. I had more success in the drive department with my last pup by putting him in a crate for a few hours before I took him out to play. I was more of a source of fun then.
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    Can someone tell my almost 11 year old ( April 4th) that it is time for her to bring it down a notch?
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