eGrant51 wrote: The dog bit the goose, pushed it under the water, dug at it, but would not bring it back. I am wondering if it scared him as it was kicking still.
Would be inclined to think that being a crippled live bird that it would've kicked in some prey drive , but then again, the size of a Goose, (and the best way to pick it up even in water for the first time while
it's kicking), may have been a tad overwhelming. Particularly for the first time the dog has seen a bird that size.
eGrant51 wrote: I think this dog has a lot of potential, looks to have good breeding, but this goose thing is new to me. eGrant
And perhaps new
to the young
dog as well.
Sounds a lot like pup wanted the bird to stop moving around so he could figure the best approach to get it in his mouth.
If it were me I'd keep a young dog that's eager to retrieve just that
- eager to retrieve
,..and use Geese, (dead) on land- progressively so pup can figure out the best way to pick one up and develop some confidence with 'em.
Lots of praise for success.
Even FF'd dogs have a "learning curve" in terms of figuring out the best way to pick up a big Goose.
Swampbilly1980- I got a feeva',..and the only cure is more Mergansers and face paint.