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When to introduce dummys

Postby vegardar » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:11 am

Hi.
When do you guys start to introduce dummys in training your puppy? My pup is now 3 months old, and we only do play-retrieves with a tennisball for now. I only throw the ball 3-4 times before I put it away to keep the pup "wanting for more" and more exited the next day. This beeing said, for the puppy, it is really a great way to get to exercise on a soft surface (soccer-field). So I would like to throw the ball more, or start using a dummy for several retrieves. Of course just for fun and no steadiness. The pup is really doing well, and if I throw the ball, he will run like crazy after the ball, and deliever to hand every time - either with me calling the whistle, or just clapping my hands and commanding here.

When are we "done" building the desire and can start throwing more and more retrieves? :wink:
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Re: When to introduce dummys

Postby Dakota Creek » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:49 am

Anytime! My pups all start on bumpers .... They look at a ball and say "what's that??" :biggrin:
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Re: When to introduce dummys

Postby brsutton86 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:52 am

Started mine on a small canvas pup bumper at 6 weeks. Never to early. Im guessing by asking this question, your not following a program. Research them, pick one and follow it. You'll be glad you did.
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Re: When to introduce dummys

Postby vegardar » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:03 am

brsutton86 wrote:Im guessing by asking this question, your not following a program. Research them, pick one and follow it. You'll be glad you did.


I´m am planing on using Chris Akins program and his "Duck dog basic I and II". Have also used Tom Dokkens "Puppy-training", but I can't remember any of them saying when it is OK to train for longer periods of time with bumpers etc. Its all about building the enthusiasm for retrieving with 3-4 tosses.. ;)
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Re: When to introduce dummys

Postby brsutton86 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:13 pm

vegardar wrote:
brsutton86 wrote:Im guessing by asking this question, your not following a program. Research them, pick one and follow it. You'll be glad you did.


I´m am planing on using Chris Akins program and his "Duck dog basic I and II". Have also used Tom Dokkens "Puppy-training", but I can't remember any of them saying when it is OK to train for longer periods of time with bumpers etc. Its all about building the enthusiasm for retrieving with 3-4 tosses.. ;)


Wait till after your out of the pup stage to throw more than just a couple. i used Duck Dog Badics too and i liked it. For some reason, alot of guys on here wont talk about it. But it worked great for me. He does a good job explaining what do to, when there are problems too. Follow it step by step, and have fun.
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Re: When to introduce dummys

Postby labman63 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:07 pm

Oh I thought you meant hunting partners. I know a lot of dummies
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