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I bought my 4 year old son a lab in August (actually we are sharing). He will be 6 months this weekend. He is my third lab. This time we paid a little more for genetics. What a difference it makes. People told me he was to young but he was consistantly doing doubles a 15 weeks and that I should be throwing the bumpers where he can easily find them. Once I found out he was to young and we shouldn't do doubles I began working on stretching him out. I did another wrong I took him with me hunting two times. We didn't get any birds. I would like to say it was cause they haven't come in yet. I think I am just a bad shot. All last week we worked doubles with duck sickles. I threw them in heavy brush, where he had to climb and swim over fallen trees, in the same line as each other. I even had one plug about 5 inches in the mud. He had trouble with two birds the entire week. I said since I ain't doing it right I might as well go for broke. I took him out in the boat to the area we were going to hunt the next day. I brought the training pistol and four ducks. I had the guys with me shot and through all four ducks. He worked them like a pro. Was 4 for 4 everytime.
The next morning we got 6 birds. He went 4 for 6. The first one was winged and dove before he found it. We didn't see it again. The second was a wounded Gadwall. His first live. He tried to get it but didn't know what to do. I went and got it and let he hold it live. We will see how he does next time. He went 4 for 4 on the teal and the mergy. The negative is he brought back some decoys as well. We are going to work duck sickles and decoys this week.
I am so please I had to share it with people who would share the sentiment.
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That's great to hear.
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You are correct in sayiung genetics make a difference. Exposing the pup to all of the different enviornments + good genetics = very easy conditioning training. Congrats!
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Good to hear! sounds like your dog is doing great.
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