So here I am. I need some help and I need it bad. I have an 8 month old yellow, named Trigger. He has great pedigree and parents are awesome. When I first bought Trigger at round 7 weeks I also purchased "Fowl Dawgs". From the time I got him we did some fun bumpers, small obedience (sit, here, heel, kennel). Trigger did amazing. I would only throw 3-4 bumpers at a time, would retrieve them all, 50 yards, water, it didn't matter, he was all over it. I quite literally thought he would be the most amazing duck dog to ever walk
At around 6 months I started Fowl Dawgs, and did basic obedience to a "T" and Trigger was doing awesome. He would love to take a break from time to time and get some bumpers. I started hold and he did well, started FF and then the wheels fell off. He did ok after some time. I had a really insane work schedule that kept me from working with him for about 2 weeks, (cardinal sin I know) and I have just been trying to get him back into the vibe by going with him and doing some fun bumpers. Trigger quite literally will not retrieve anything. It's like he's never seen a bumper. He'll heel and sit with the best of them, but I throw the bumper, release him, and he'll get to the bumper and sniff it, run back, and look at me like an idiot. At first I thought ah well, just in a bad mood today. It's been about a week and he literally will not return a single bumper. He has absolutely zero interest in it. He honestly couldn't care less. He loves me and wants to please me I know, he just won't retrieve. From the first day I had him he would go like an absolute mad man on crack after a bumper, now he just don't give a crap. I don't want to do anything drastic and turn him off forever, so I'm looking to you experts for help. Please help me out. Thanks!