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I started force fetch training my pup today and to say I think I have grown a heart or something since I last done it (10 years) would be an understatement. It hurt me to see her hurting when I pinched her ear. I don't know if I can do it. Really she is great on retrieves but she just drops it once she gets 2 feet away. I really wish I could afford someone to do it for me so I wouldn't have to see her hurting. I used to not give a crap but since my youngin came along I have gotten soft.
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Stick with it. It will be worth it in the end. It's not fun, but is necessary.
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I'm having the same problem with my 7 mo.old MYL. He's retrieved 39 Ducks, Geese and Woodcock, But has only delivered 1 (one) of them to hand. I was really hoping I wouldnt have to FF him, But I think I should. He does everything else so well I thought he might start delivering to hand on his own as the season progressed. But no luck there.
FF it is.........It'll be better for both of us when it done.
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Man I can totally relate to you guys. My 10 month choc male is at a trainer right now. He has retrieved 110 ducks so far this season but I cant say for sure if he has brought one to hand. He hits the shore and drops it. I finally had it and found a pro trainer for a reasonable fee. I sure miss him though. But I think I am too much of a wimp to do it.
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Keep it up w/ the ear pinch. The ear will begin to get tender and less pressure will be needed. If you're using an e-collar it'll be an easy transition
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I Force Fetched my first dog a few months ago and have been following Mike Lardys Total Retriever. I was really suprised how quickly she flew through Formal Hold, Force Fetch and Stick Fetch. I will FF all of my dogs in the future. Stick with it you will be pleased with the outcome.
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