Joel wrote: thanks for all the help my pup Cooder is learning fast and you guys have been a good help
Well, I bet if you rubbed that bumper all over Miss Daisy, then Cooder would bring it back and not let go. But don't let Bo and Luke know about it.
Cooder is a great name. When you go outside and try to learn things that you did inside, you need to start out the sameway that you did inside. Its almost like going back to the beginning, but not quite that bad. Whatever you did inside to get him excited about picking up the bumper, you need to try outside, maybe even get more excited yourself. Even when learning advanced things can through a dog off when moving from backyard to field, or field to water. A dog may be solid on hand signals in the field but when you get him out in the pond he acts like he's never heard a whistle. Even moving from different fields can through a dog for a loop. Thats why i believe you shouldn't always train in one field. Your dog may be solid and confident on your back fourty, But then you go to your first trial or just over to a friends field to show him off. And all of the smells have changed, he is not as confident in this new area. now all of this might not happen as drasticly but every dogs confidents and attention span is different.
Try and remember what you did to get your dog excited about the bumper inside and take that excitement outside. At this age when he gets the bumper, you need to be excited. Don't worry if he doesn't bring it back to you all of the way. As long as he starts to head your direction you should be happy. But you should always be thinking ahead. If you are going to want to train your dog in the Force Fetch, Think ahead a little bit, don't let him start to learn bad habbits that will be hard to correct in about 6 months. Little things like don't reward him for dropping the bumper 5 feet away from you, don't scold him either. You just want to set the table for the future, it will always make training easier if you think ahead just a little bit. When i say think ahead, i don't mean "GET AHEAD". Alway move along at your dogs pace, let him digest what you are feeding him, but keep him moving forward just a little bit always.
Thats my .02
I'm not a professional dog trainer, however, i did stay at a holliday inn express last night. :laughing:
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