I have a golden retiver named copper, he is about 5 years old and he was a good upland dog, when my cousin owned him, well my cousin's girlfriend screwed him up pretty good by hitting him and her son did some unmetionable things to him. he is my buddy, now that i got into duck hunting I was thinking of taking him out of retirement, with that said since I rescued him he will not retrive a tennis ball more than 3 times in a row. I brought home a black duck to him to see how he would react to it and he would sniff at it if I held it but when placed in front of him he would bow his head tuck his haunches and walk away, but return when I held it.
I rember when he was a pup that my cousin hit him with a dead grouse because he was mouthing it, did that ruin him as a hunting dog for life?
If I cant get him to hunt thats ok but I would like to build up his confedence again. any suggestions would be greatly apricated.