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    Question Bumper ropes

    Training my 1st lab - He is 13 months and he sometimes brings the bumper back with the rope in his mouth - Other than removing the ropes from the bumpers (hard to throw & carry) - Does anyone have a trick to stopping this - Thanks

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    switch to ducks, no rope
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    This is pretty common for young guys. It will get better as you progress in training. For drills when no long throws are required I remove the ropes for a while until they pass through this stage. Get a bucket to carry the bumpers in.
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    I was never concerned when a young dog returned to me with a bumper by the rope. The reason being is that you don't hunt bumpers, they don't do tests or trials with bumpers and the last reason it usually works itself out as the dog matures and just lives for the retrieve.
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    Super common... Everything that they said. A Dead-Fowl trainer can help too.

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    Had the same issue and decided to remove the ropes and Viola!
    And of course ducks don't have ropes!
    And Hi from the Hoosier State

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    Thanks for all the input - I'll give it some time - I'm glad I found this forum - A lot of folks out there with different ideas and experience that will help out a beginning trainer - Thanks again and I'm glad to be part of the RTF

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    I have the same thing in my 2 y/o BLF. She just loved the rope. Forgot all about it when we started her on real birds. She carried them like a natural from day one.

    Keeping your pup enthusiastic about playing with bumpers at this stage is more important than how they carry it now.

    Enjoy your pup and welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton Evans View Post
    I was never concerned when a young dog returned to me with a bumper by the rope. The reason being is that you don't hunt bumpers, they don't do tests or trials with bumpers and the last reason it usually works itself out as the dog matures and just lives for the retrieve.
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