MackieKnife wrote:The moral of the story is...I'm retarded.
Rutin wrote:Also put into the factor that he could be teething! This is the time for OB and let the bumper sit for awhile IMO
go get the bird wrote:Keep him on a check cord. You need to make the distinction that work is work, and when you say here, no matter what, he'd better listen. My dog was on a check almost all the time up until the beginning of this summer (roughly 15 or 16 months old). To this day, she is walked and taken outside with a choke chain and a leash. You need to work on basic OB every time the opportunity presents itself.
Your pup is still young, and you can't expect him to be an expert in every aspect of the game. His failure to listen during basic OB with a bumper means that you've failed him somewhere, or you've yet to teach him what you want. The biggest part is finding out where YOUR shortcomings are and addressing them.
As far as the playing, dropping, and chewing, force fetch will likely take care of those issues, so long as it's done properly. Do some research on FF and CC. Get a training program and follow it. Consult a few pro-trainers and join a retriever club. If you do those things, and dedicate some time to actually learn about training, you will no doubt have a retriever you will be proud to own.
SC_YellowDawg wrote:Thanks for the advice y'all. Ok so sounds like I gotta few months to let his adult teeth come in and find a pro to help me FF him. Used the professional retriever trainers association website and have several within 2hrs drive of me. Any pro suggestions in South Carolina?
Definitely gonna continue to drill OB. Right now we usually get about 3-4 good sessions a day. He knows sit, down, here, with verbal cues and hand signals. Started working the whistle cues in last week for sit and here.
Should I stop ALL retrieving (including playful stuff in the house, for fear of making the situation worst?) or just stop the more structured training in the yard (reeling him in when he doesn't deliver)?
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