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Thread: Tennis ball versus bumper

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    Posting this for a buddy, he has 9 month old that he decided to train the dog loves fetching a tennis ball, but has no interest in a bumper or bird, will FF correct that?

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    dogs choke and die from tennis balls.
    dog does not like live birds?
    may I ask what breed of dog?
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    Lab, he fetched a bumper this evening in water but in yard he runs half way to it and stops, the birds tried are previously frozen.

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    Don't want to suggest that FF' will do "magical" things in terms of retrieving, but more than likely (if done properly), the dog would wind up picking up bumpers/birds.

    It won't create "retrieving desires", but the attributes of it go well beyond that.

    Think what your friend is experiencing is fairly common- a dog thats' seen one, and only one object thrown to retrieve for an extensive period of time and that's all the pup "knows".

    Same kinda' thing that happens when pups see LOTS and LOTS of birds as marks and then all of a sudden there's work to do with bumpers and pup runs over to a bumper it's never seen before, looks at the handler and says "Hey where's the beef!?"

    Same thing as what happens sometimes when pup hasn't seen any birds and one is tossed--pup runs out, sniffs it, and looks around for a bumper lol.

    Would say you don't have to FF' to get pup to pick up bumpers. One can transition from the tennis ball to bumpers with some patience, REPS, and praise that comes with success.
    I'd try to talk your friend into not falling into the habit of tossing bumpers in H2o all the time just to see the dog pick bumpers up.

    Get the dog successfully/eagerly picking 'em up on land first, then go for the bonus rounds in water.
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    a tennis ball is a toy...a bumper or a bird is for the working dog...take away the toys and let the dog know who is in charge of deciding what gets retrieved...leave the tennis balls to the guys at the park
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