There is always the dogs that stand aside from the others in one way or the other. But it is not common to get dogs that will do these things on there own. I regularly have guys contact me and tell me they have genius's for a dog. At 12-16 weeks they are doing blinds. :cool: Well, they will be for the most part, but they are not doing it to be doing a blind. They have such a limited amount of training that they just pick up on a cue of some sort. Then by the time it is time for Formal Training, you get the call that I Have Screwed Up The Dog, or He Has Lost His Mind.
Force Fetch has basically 2 functions. (1)It gets the dog to hold until he is told to Drop. (2) It get the dog use to dealing with, and learning how to shut off pressure. Nothing more. But it is the basis for Formal Training, because teaching the dog how to deal with & shut off the pressure is the key to the rest of ALL training. So like PitBoss said, it is the technique that allows ALL other training.
Training is like a foundation to a house. Each technique is a stepping stone to the next level, and the main rule is. If you are having a problem with the next level, back up. The dog probably doesn't have the last technique master enough to move on. This is why you can't or should skip around in the training process. One technique leads to the next one, and why you leave one out, it is like leaving a black hole in a brick wall. May not cause a problem right now (Usually will), but it will cause you one later. A dog that has not been Force Fetch gicves you NO tool to pick up if the dog quits on you in the field. And I have seen several guys want to FF dogs that are 5-6-7 years old. They get old enough that if they just don't feel up to the task, they just don't do it, and leaves you with no where to go to get them back in the groove. But a FF'd dog can be snapped right back in the groove.
But all that being said, everyone has their own needs for the dog, and how they choose to want him to react in hunting situations. That is the great thing about dogs, they will do what you train them to do. Just remember if the dog is not doing something that you want hi to do. Rarely is it's the dog fault. It is OUR lack of training that has him in this spot.