rgw06001 wrote:One day, his enthusiasm just dropped off. He would run at the dummy, sniff it, look at me, then timidly walk a few steps away, then run back to me as if he had the thing in his mouth. I had been using a pretty regimented approach--making him wait on leash until I gave him the command to retrieve, making him drop it at my feet on command, etc.
Did I push him too fast with the formal training?
The book I'm using emphasizing not pushing the dog beyond his stress limits and keeping things "playful" at first. Or, on the other hand, is he willfully rejecting my commands?
If so, does that mean it's time for FF?
I'm leaning towards the too-much-stress answer.
I've been simplifying our training sessions (1-2x a day, 10 min at a time) and trying to keep things playful, and he's responding pretty well.
I searched several forums before asking--sorry if this a super common question and I've missed some obvious answers. Like I said, I'm new to this. I know that waiting so long to follow a consistent training pattern has surely set us back, but I'm looking for advice on how to move forward.
rgw06001 wrote: My friends are like, "Oh, 9 months, he's ready to hunt," but I'm just not sure we're there yet.
rgw06001 wrote:Thanks for the advice swampbilly--you've hit the nail on the head. I couldn't give a number, but often around 8-10 marks a day, usually in 2 sessions. Since the lack of enthusiasm has started, I'm doing 2 or 3, twice a day. And his drive is definitely returning.
rgw06001 wrote:Any Arkansans got tips on finding pigeons around here? I haven't ever saved ducks (it's my first dog) and I hate to use chicks because I keep chickens and don't wanna entice the dog to get after them (anymore than he already is ha).
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