I have a 9 month old golden retriever who is just not eager to pick up bumpers. I have done walking fetch, stick fetch, and fetch no fetch with him and he seems to understand the point, but still is slow to pick up the bumper. Any suggestions?
I've not FF'd 100 dogs in my life yet, so I may not know what I'm talking about, however can only share some observations on the first 13 that I have done.I do feel like he's going to be a great competitor once we get past this. He has an insane drive to retrieve... my club has been impressed. He is very quick with birds in the field but I haven't tried to use them for force fetch yet.
Can say that the first few dogs that I FF'd, and that I "thought"understood pressure didn't... In other words, everytime I wasn't 100% sure there was a reason for the uncertainy.....the dog didn't understand pressure as he should have. But of course that was only me and not you.He has all of his adult teeth with no issues and I do think he understands beating the pressure. However, I think I may do another session of collar conditioning to fetch to make sure he is understanding the concept.
Agree with the not "baby"-ing...I would not reward the avoidance ay all.The one thing is that he is pretty soft. I've been told not to baby him but if he feels like there is too much pressure he will start avoidance behaviors and it's no fun for him (or me).