I have so much to report after what I saw today. Still trying to put all the pieces together, but I can say I was crushed when I saw her petrified of the pressure and refuse to go get the bird. Actually back pedal from the line because she thought the pressure was coming. And when I say pressure it was a light nick on a "1" setting. It goes to 10. I was sitting with my fiancé and actually put my head in my hands. I had a stern talk with her and asked a million questions.
I apologize in advance but this will be somewhat lengthy. I will go through our entire 2 hours.
She brought her out and let me say. Holy smokes my girl had gotten big. A compeltely different dog, but still the same one lol. I checked.
She opened up the door on the truck for teal. She told her to sit, placed the pinch collar on her and then the e collar. She grabbed the ramp and teal waited for her command and she came down the ramp. Completed a firm sit at the bottom and waited for the next step.
She started off saying let me start with obedience. Never a single mistake the entire time she was doing "obedience check". She walked in circles, figure eights, backwards, and did the hokey pokey basically and teal was by her knee. Left hand lead right hand a yellow whiffle bat. She never used the bat once and teal was not intimidated by it. Then it was our turn and She worked great for my fiancé on obedience and for myself. She was extremely excited to see us but she fought it well and maintained her composure to listen and perform perfect. The here. Heal. Sit. Down. Place. We're great.
Then teal started to get bored after about 30 minutes so she put her back up in the truck. She then wanted to show us the different steps of dogs that she has and what she looks for at each process.
*The first dog had outstanding force fetch work and was eager to grab the dumbell out of her hand, off the ground, out in front, and never mouth. Solid hold. But when retrieving the dog kinda just was a sluggo and took his time coming back.
*the next dog loved retrieving bumpers and birds but when it came to the force fetch work. She refused it. Hated the dumbell or the Rod she used. But she would submit when the pressure applied to her. Retrieving those bumpers and birds was like flash lighting. Hard charging son of a gun.
*the last dog, well the all American dream. Not one mistake. Listened to every command. Steady at the line. Loves the force work. Loved retrieving. Hard charging. You could say anything you want and that dog would not move until the command was complete. Came back to the heal perfect, head up to release and ready for the next move. Dog held all the hunt passes. MH. National. You name it. She had the ribbons hanging from her rear view mirror
THEN IT WAS TIME FOR TEAL! I was like a dad watching their kid take that first at-bat. She started with the force work. She held the dumbell perfect. No mouthing. No dropping. She would reach out to grab it. She would grab it off the ground. Fetch on command. Release on command. Then she grabbed the bumper...... Tossed it 5 feet in front of her and she said fetch ..... Teal looked at her. "FETCH!" She sat there. Well then she nicked her fetch and pulled her to it. She then grabbed it and it was no problem. The she threw it same mark again. She didnt go. Nicked her again and then she whined a bit. Then grabbed it. Then she threw it farther, "quack quack quack quack" throws the bumper in the air says "mark"...... "Teal!" She no go's and nicks her and she starts back pedaling and whining. There was no pressure being applied. The trainer was in a happy voice saying "come on" and was walking out to the mark trying to get teal to comply. The trainer walked about 70% of the way with teal before she picked it up and then she praised her. But there was no pressure being applied. She grabbed a mallard drake, which teal Loved prior to training, and she no go's on the bird too. It was deflating like a blow to the stomach. She walked Teal to the bird and teal grabbed the bird and brought it to her and she did some "hup hups" to get her excited and it worked. She didnt have a problem with those. Danced the bird around her and then tossed it and she grabbed it and brought it to her. She "hup hup" toss and she goes and gets it. She actually brought the bird to me at one point and she said to grab it and praise her for doing so. I was about 20 ft away from them and she ran all the over to me sitting in a chair to give me the bird.
It just seemed like she was anticipating the pressure but it was never applied sometimes. Sometimes it was. I just felt like she was burned. It was tough to watch. I feel like I let her down, but the trainer said she has only been back on birds 1 week. She has been experiencing pressure for almost 6 weeks and not doing anything fun for the last 3. Zero retrieving. Teal is exceptionally soft. I am talking Charmin double extra plus soft. I saw the setting and it was on a one. She put the collar in my hand and I barely felt the spasm sensation.
I don't know. I am giving her one more week and she said she is going to pick up live birds tomorrow. She is going to do all bird work, shooting, swimming, the hole 9. As fun as possible.
The fiancé was taking some pictures that I will post tomorrow but she would not let me take video....... Weird. Thanks for reading, I am sure some flipped the page on me, but I don't have any other retriever training friends besides my HRC but they are 3 hours away.
Duck Popper: Congrats man and guess you need to change your name to "Duck Poppa"
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