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Super Puppy Syndrome (SPS)

1825 Views 11 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  David Maddox
Im sure that others have had to deal with SPS at some point in their train of dogs. Im living with and choking down the crow that I self inflicted on myself. My pup is just over 6 months old and shes a big strong, athletic BLF. Sh breezed theough yard work, Obed, FF and CC. Was retrieving aout as far as I felt the need to go, no more than 150 yards because my first SPS pup now runs at the gun as I pushed her too far too fast. I guess Im not as good or as smart as I think I am. Dont get me wrong, I still feel like she will be an amazing dog, but in the future with her, I need to stay in my lane and have more realistic, no time binding expectations. Please excuse or lament the training pains!
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I guess I've become jaded about puppies. I've had so many people tell me how nice their puppies are or that they're the next big thing. Not many of those turned out. The only truly special puppy I've ever seen was NFC-AFC Bullet. Some of that could have been attributed to the work ethic and skills of his owner/trainer, Dan Hurst. On the flip side of that, I have a hard time understanding how people wash out 4-7 month old puppies. That's like taking a 7 or 8 year old and telling me there's no way he'll be good at sports. Nonsense.
Great point!!!
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