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    Default Puppy stopped retrieving, how do I reboot?

    My lab pup is almost 9 weeks old, have been training her to retrieve in a hallway, throwing a small paint roller or larger one. Was working GREAT, for a week. Last week tried, she had zero interest in retrieving, but worked with her and got her to retrieve a couple of times, called it quits. Now is to point that all she will do is continually sniff around for something to eat, completely ignores paint roller.

    Any suggestions as to how I can reboot?

    Doug

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    Let her be a puppy for a while longer. Just play with her and let her get used to a new envirnoment. I wouldn't push it. I think Hillman doesn't start his puppy work until 11 weeks. And then he only trains every second or third day.

    She probably doesn't know her name yet.
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    I'm sure you will here a lot about this. At 9 weeks have you even had time to play with pup, let him get to know his family, shown lots of love and baby games? Stop the retrieving and get to know the little guy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2tall View Post
    I'm sure you will here a lot about this. At 9 weeks have you even had time to play with pup, let him get to know his family, shown lots of love and baby games? Stop the retrieving and get to know the little guy!
    My 9 week old BLM has chew toys and squeaky toys and such, but what do you mean by baby games?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bender View Post
    My 9 week old BLM has chew toys and squeaky toys and such, but what do you mean by baby games?
    Get down on the floor and squeaky squeaky toys. Toss the toy. The puppy will chase the toy and that is a good thing. Do not worry about the puppy bringing the toy back. Just play with the puppy like you would any normal puppy. Newbies continually expect a pup to retrieve like a field champion When they haven't even learned to pee outside yet.

    Enjoy your puppy, guys! Don't try to make them grow up too quickly. If you do, that approach will just fail.
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    What she said ^^^^^^^^^
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    Justice Dog explained it just right! You don't need a video or field manual to play with a puppy!
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    Gotcha!

    Stay focused on fun! I can do that.
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    I have a 9 wk. old puppy here; I think I've played retrieve games with him maybe 3 times. Work on the recalls, make the pup think coming when you call or whistle him the best thing in his world. You can overdo the retrieves when they are babies, but you can never overdo the recalls!
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