Flogger wrote: Do you guys and gals introduce pups to cold water if that's all that's available on account of winter?
Short-n-sweet, this guy doesn't.
As others have mentioned it would be better to wait until Spring for that. The last thing you want to do is sour a young pup on water.
Haven't ever seen or heard of any cold water winter intro material.
Have always believed that keeping a dog in the changing water temps as it changes, in fall and winter is the "best intro". You really can't "make" a dog like it, but sure as heck can get him to ignore it
Believe that there's a big part of cold water retrieving that hinges on how your dog "feels" about retrieving in general, and how much of an intimate relationship the dog has with birds.
So for me cold water retrieving doesn't actually start
It starts with everything you do from the time a pup comes home.
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