I have a 7 month old Lab who is coming along nicely on his obedience, but am noticing he is not bird crazy. I am throwing a wooden dowel right how with pigeon wings attach and he loves that. I then throw a dead pigeon and he runs to it. Sometimes he picks it up and brings it back and sometimes just uses his nose to flip it around for a bit, then leaves it, which causes me all kinds of concerns. I normally call him back to me and resend him at which point he usually picks it up and brings it in. I tried a live bird for the first time and there was some retrieves which were good, but there was some that he just got bored and would leave the bird to sniff and look at other things. He would run over, the bird would fight back and move around and he would just leave it and walk off, which is really starting to stress me out. I'm worried that this might not be something I can teach, worried that birds bore him and maybe that is more of a trait then training..
anyone ever experience this, does anyone have any ideas, obviously I don't have a pigeon coop and realistically I can't work live birds daily, but am thinking Of introducing retrieving dead birds for treats, that is all I can come up with, anyone with an idea and any thoughts would be much appreciated.