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    Hi Everyone!

    I'd like to get a bit of advice on repeating the SmartWorks training from the beginning with my 4 y/o Lab. The 4 y/o was the first dog I ever trained, so I know I made many mistakes along the way. We now have a wonderful new pup and we are working through Evan's puppy program now. Next month she will start formal training using SmartWorks. Our 4 y/o lab is a wonderful "functional" gun dog, but due to my lack of consistent ongoing training he has become a bit lazy and apathetic to the basics. He is lacking the style and dedication he once had. For example, I forced fetched him, but now it requires two or three "fetch" commands to get him to obey.

    Since I am starting the SmartWorks program from scratch with the pup, would it make sense to run my 4 y/o through the program again, including force fetch?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Regards,
    Erik B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erikben View Post
    ..... 4 y/o Lab....... I forced fetched him, but now it requires two or three "fetch" commands to get him to obey.
    Regards,
    Erik B.
    well,
    to refresh is a good thing. the 4 y/o will love the attention and time at your side.
    however, if I said the above to my old mentors first I would get a slap up side the head and then would hear the words
    "say it once, mean it, enforce it!!" don't nag your dog, don't say it 3 times, grab an ear!
    dogs do not get sloppy, handlers get sloppy.
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    Ken, thank you for that saying. I am going to make copies of it and put them with all of my training stuff so that I am constantly reminded that "dogs don't get sloppy, handlers get sloppy."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    well,
    to refresh is a good thing. the 4 y/o will love the attention and time at your side.
    however, if I said the above to my old mentors first I would get a slap up side the head and then would hear the words
    "say it once, mean it, enforce it!!" don't nag your dog, don't say it 3 times, grab an ear!
    dogs do not get sloppy, handlers get sloppy.
    That is my position as well. Shine up what needs shining. Let me know if I can be of help as you go along with your pup!

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