Be careful what you wish for. I had some of the same thoughts about my yellow pup. Biggest in the litter, male, sluggish.
And then he saw his first shot flyer at about 4.5 months. It wasn't his; he literally saw a shot flyer for another dog and almost separated my arm from my shoulder trying to get to it. At that moment the problem changed to "how on earth do I control this maniac?????" We "shot" him a flyer and he hit that duck like a linebacker. Has been doing so ever since.
A good problem (at least to a point), but a problem nonetheless.
Most new trainers throw way to many bumpers when a pup is young and then wonder why the pup is not interested. Slow down. Way to soon to pass judgment. Do other fun stuff. Don
I'm also going though this with my 6 mo old golden.
Originally Posted by Loran Marmes (JR)
thanks for all the responses, thats what i was thinking just too young to tell, hard to not look ahead and all but then when hes older ill wish he was a pup again. I at most throw 4 to 5 bumpers, if hes not into it all or whatever i stop even if its just one throw, he ll chase a dead piegon on a lead and get some what excited. maybe ill just back and let him have some fun and enjoy hanging out. His ob is pretty good, comes here when told sits on command kennels up on command. I think my expectations are just really high n thats not fair to him. I hope to hear more from ya guys thanks!!!!
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did that this past sunday, he did alright, if it didnt move his intrest wasnt that high would bring it back tho so... thats a positive
I have a 3.5 month old blk male and what works for me is taking a couple days off in between any retrieving. I have even cut back on the Hillman training to once every third day or so, and I have seen a great response. Now when I throw something he is balls to the wall to get it and bring it back. Heck if he sees the bumpers laying on the ground he runs over and brings one to me now. Couple days off in between training and retrieving and only throwing 3-5 bumpers for him with a frozen bird worked in once a week has given me great results.