My two year old yellow lab has started to bring back 2 bumpers at a time, I tried using larger ones to break him of this but he still manages to do it. Any suggestions?
Are you following a particular program? If so you may want to stop doing doubles untill you finish handleing school.I have been just tossing bumpers and force fetching, he tries to bring more than 1 back even if they are far a part, sometimes he doesnt do it but sometimes he does.
Agree with don't do that! Dog says, "Oooh bumper!" Then "Shat! Bumper hurts!"Dont give him the opportunity to shop for a second bumper. As soon as he picks one up call him in. If it persists and he was collar conditioned to "here", call him as soon as he picks up a bumper with a "here nick here".
x2Without question, the most effective way to prevent the dog from picking up two bumpers is to only put 1 out. If you have multiple dogs running a blind, put out only as many bumpers as dogs to run and run this dog last.
In yard work or pattern blinds, the only time I send the dog to the same spot more than once, you will need to address this issue if it prevents you from progressing. In fact, you likely should have addressed it with the rope during the first session of 3 hand or simple casting when the dog was first taught about pile work.
If you have properly collar fetched the dog, there is. Nothing wrong with establishing a pile (spread out the bumpers) and giving the dog a "fetch"-nick for shopping. If the dog is not proper collar fetched and CCd, then you should not be sending the dog to a pile unless on a rope.