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Super Puppy Syndrome (SPS)

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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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One of the best ways I have found to overcome this is stand alone singles with pretty big throws. Not long. Distance means nothing to me at this age. :)

Someone told me once that a particularly well know pro said 'give me a dog that runs to the gun station and I will make it a field champion.'

However, I would much prefer the dog to run to the mark.

You will get then issue squared away. Sounds like she's going to be a lot of fun!!!
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