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Did I steady my pup too early?

Steadying my pup...too early or not?

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So, I've got this FC Candlewood's Joe Black pup, bred to Nate Baxter's Diamond QAA (out of Honest Abe x Nate's MHR Raven MH).

He's a lot of fun and hes' proving to be quite smart, sensitive, and loves to train.

He was born June 30, so he's between four and five months old. After hunting with and talking with a buddy of mine, hearing his thoughts, and then talking with some Amish training buddies, I've decided it was time to work on steadying my "Bus" pup.

I started this last week and he took to it quickly.

I've found that some buds are surprised that I've steadied him this early.

Thought I'd throw it out to you guys. Did I steady too early?

He shows tons of drive and loves to go. I just decided that he was smart enough and big enough that it made sense to set up one consistent set of rules that will apply from now on, rather than change the rules on him later.

What do you think?

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Thanks for all the replies.

I've gotten some really neat ones via PM! I bet that some of these responses would be different, had they heard the information that one PM'er shared! :wink:

I've witnessed the 70 lb and up twisting, turning maniacs at the line who don't mark a bird. I've witnessed and read about numerous situations where folks are having such a hard time getting an adult retriever steady under certain situations.

Kristie's post is among my favorite made here in the thread. I bet many could learn some things from the exact steps that Kristie uses on how to steady a dog. If I were that confident in its ease with my own experience base and past results, I'd not be steadying this early.

As a related matter, I have not even THOUGHT about introducing a whistle for anything yet. To me, that's what's "easy"...but maybe I'm in for an awakening and should pull that lanyard out of the glovebox!

So far, I've got a pretty steady BLM with no reduction in drive, enthusiasm, or joy of the work.... So, I may be doing a thing or two reasonably "OK".... Man, why did I wait so long to get another puppy? I LOVE this stuff!

Thanks to all of you!

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