I was hoping some of you guys may be able to help me. I have a yellow lab pup that is 6 months old. Had him since he was 10 weeks old. He hasn't hunted, and I had no intention of hunting him until the 2014/15 season. He has great blood lines. He is the 3rd lab I've owned/trained, my last one being spectacular (not a compliment to me at all, he was just a great learner). Well, Friday while training with a dead duck he completely stopped retrieving. We went to the dummy and even to a tennis ball. Tried making it a competition with the other two non retriever dogs.....nothing. He'd run over sniff it and walk back to heal. Everything was going great. Obedience, retrieving, everything. Very smart dog!! What is your opinion of what I did wrong? Should I consider a professional trainer? Can't really afford it!! Any help would be appreciated. I live in St. Louis as an fyi.
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