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Eating ducks

Postby flyndutchman » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:10 pm

What do you do when you hunting partner's lab almost chews the duck in half on the retrieve and he thinks it is no big deal?
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby Force Fetch » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:17 pm

If it happens more than once, don't hunt with him anymore.
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby ScaupHunter » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:18 pm

Get a different hunting partner. Seriously. If you have an issue with a dog mauling your birds and he doesn't care you are never going to be happy hunting with him.
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby Duckdon » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:04 pm

Tell him you will retrieve your own ducks and tell him why. Don
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby gonehuntin' » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:53 am

Does the dog do it on every retrieve?

Did he actually stop on the way in and tear the duck apart or was he munching as he swam?
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby Irishwhistler » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:48 am

:mad: :fingerpt: :no: :hammer: :hi: :grooving: :beer: NUFF SAID.

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Re: Eating ducks

Postby flyndutchman » Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:12 am

He munches as he swims and then if you don't get it right away when he makes land, he will tear it apart and if you leave a duck out where he can get to it when you are picking up at the end of the day he will eat it. He also ate at least two to three doves a day on earlier dove hunts and quail too. Thanks for the replies, I'm done. It is not going to change.
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby gonehuntin' » Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:05 pm

Nothing YOU can do about. The dog needs a combination of obedience and a force program geared to a bird eater, the most dispicable of all dogs.
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Eating ducks

Postby :-) » Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:48 pm

My dog is a little strange. The first dove of the season is his...I'm not sure why, but after he swallows the first dove he's fine the remainder of the year.

I've never had an issue with him chewing up ducks, but you can see it in his eyes when that blood gets in his mouth he wants it.




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Re: Eating ducks

Postby SC_YellowDawg » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:17 am

Anything you can do to nip this in the bud? after reading this last night I started thinking and ALL of my pups toys are designed to by chewed (nylabone, squeaker, ect.) .... Does allowing them to chew on things at a young age transfer to chewing on birds later in life?? My dog is 7mo and has not been through FF yet so hopefully that will change the mouth manners
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby HNTFSH » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:46 am

SC_YellowDawg wrote:Anything you can do to nip this in the bud? after reading this last night I started thinking and ALL of my pups toys are designed to by chewed (nylabone, squeaker, ect.) .... Does allowing them to chew on things at a young age transfer to chewing on birds later in life?? My dog is 7mo and has not been through FF yet so hopefully that will change the mouth manners


Is your dog chewing on birds now in a retrieve?

IMO there are several things that cause it:

Poor/sloppy mouth habits allowed to develop by owner
Inherently mouthy dog that is an incessant chewer and allowed to (any object)
Neurotic dog who defaults to it and is allowed to (any object)
Dogs with poor bird exposure by owner (bird nips/spurs dog - dog decides it must kill all birds)

So it's dog, owner, or both.

So your squeaky toy may or may not be an issue. But...you realize the squeaky toy represents a play scenario whereby your pup is crushing the wind out of a bird, right?
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby gonehuntin' » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:14 am

HNTFSH wrote:
SC_YellowDawg wrote:Anything you can do to nip this in the bud? after reading this last night I started thinking and ALL of my pups toys are designed to by chewed (nylabone, squeaker, ect.) .... Does allowing them to chew on things at a young age transfer to chewing on birds later in life?? My dog is 7mo and has not been through FF yet so hopefully that will change the mouth manners


Is your dog chewing on birds now in a retrieve?

IMO there are several things that cause it:

Poor/sloppy mouth habits allowed to develop by owner
Inherently mouthy dog that is an incessant chewer and allowed to (any object)
Neurotic dog who defaults to it and is allowed to (any object)
Dogs with poor bird exposure by owner (bird nips/spurs dog - dog decides it must kill all birds)

So it's dog, owner, or both.

So your squeaky toy may or may not be an issue. But...you realize the squeaky toy represents a play scenario whereby your pup is crushing the wind out of a bird, right?


+1. I think squeaky toys can be a huge culprit and do transfer to birds. Toys are ok, just take a knitting needle and de squeak da squeaker.
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby solway gunner » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:34 pm

flyndutchman wrote:What do you do when you hunting partner's lab almost chews the duck in half on the retrieve and he thinks it is no big deal?


Get your own dog.
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Re: Eating ducks

Postby flyndutchman » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:29 pm

I have my own dog, a Brit. She is not a jump right in retriever but gets the job done. If the lab is there, which he always is if I hunt with this guy, my dog never gets a chance. The lab is very aggressive and his owner refuses to tether him or discipline him in any way.
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