How is he with birds?
You said this is the first dog you trained yourself, so I assume that includes the FF portion of his training. Are you following a formal training program?I haven't had him around any birds yet, he is force fetched but when he picks up the bumper off the ground on a retrieve he always grabs the end, he still brings it back but his hold like that is sloppy and he sometimes drops it.
Ya I'll give that a try. He just doesn't seem to be having any fun with it. But its only with the bumpers, throw a tennis ball, or anything else and he's off like a shot.
Not rocket science then is it? At a guess I'd say he finds the existing dummy uncomfortable, or associates it with the stress and discomfort of FF.But its only with the bumpers, throw a tennis ball, or anything else and he's off like a shot.
I'm having the same issue with my dog. Will retrieve, but doesn't seem interested. I jump up and down sometimes and give him praise. But he just trots back and forth when doing pile work, no real bumper drive, but does like birds... Did you ever resolve this issue?Hello,
I have an 11 month old male lab who just doesn't seem very interested in bumpers. He will retrieve them and bring them back but he just doesn't seem that into it (he also cigars bumpers). My friends dogs go absolutely insane just seeing their bumpers you can tell the dogs are really into it when sent on retrieves. Just wondering how I can get him excited about his bumpers, he does love tennis balls and retrieves them like a maniac. I come from a hunting family and have always had trained hunting dogs but this is the first one that I've actually trained myself, any advise would be greatly appreciated!
the dog is 5 years old now. I'm sure the issue has been resolvedAs others have said, put away the tennis ball
A lot here are wondering if you've ever formalized fetch (hold and force fetch). Whether you have or not (and how that may have affected your dog's drive), and what other requirements you have (steadiness, for instance) can play a big part in your dog's level of enthusiasm for retrieving.
Other things that might interfere --- too much exercise. too many retrieves in a day or in a row. too many demands. etc. I think if you can explain what you have done with the dog up til now, as far as training and daily regimen you might get some ideas about how to go forward.
Really? ..It's that important what you use ,rather than the application ...well I never !...Just goes to show you how you can get it wrong with these wondrous critters .Force fetch him. Don’t use a bumper while teaching hold
How old is your dog? Sounds like you are doing pile work so you must be through FF? Some dogs just don't love drills. Does he likes marks with bumpers?I'm having the same issue with my dog. Will retrieve, but doesn't seem interested. I jump up and down sometimes and give him praise. But he just trots back and forth when doing pile work, no real bumper drive, but does like birds... Did you ever resolve this issue?