Glad to hear that things are going to be Ok.
What or Who are you using to help you with the training or have you trained dogs in the past ? ? ? Just wondering ? ? ? After reading you post and talking to the trainer (cooter @ Creamlevel Creek Kennels) that I bought my dog from about 6-7 months ago, you are way out infront of anything I have ever read or been told. Just wondering if I should be farther long than I am.
It is pretty common of any opinion, that a dog that is doing Triple & Blind which is Master Hunter Work before he is 24 month (2 Years) is a pretty fantastic dog. So I would think that having one that is doing Triples & Blinds at 6 months, at any yardage would be like SUPERDOG.
I have been told to not even start the Training until they are 6-8 month according to the maturity of the dog. Cooter has been a great help, and has been very "Point Making" about that. I have my pup retrieving, and he understands ALL of the Obedience commands. But we have not put any Pressure on him at all. He just knows what each command is and will perform them. I have just started Working with Pinch Collar and Leash, so The Formal Training
is just beginning. I was told to the point of: Do Not Do This ! ! ! on having the dog running longer marks, jumping in and out of truck, porches, or anything that required jumping or longer runs. For the same reason that you have stated the vet said. The bones are growing to fast and they are not hard as they need to be to do this type of work. Which is the main reason for waiting till they are 6-8 months, plus age maturity figuring in. So we have just been bonding and doing 20-30 yard retrieve (3-5 in the morning & afternoon), swimming and playing and being a puppy. Although he wond sure like to do more work. We have been doing a few more reps on retrieving, in the last month, but not more than 7-9 retrieves. Haven't wanted cooter giving me the: :hammering: treatment. :mrgreen:
Not Knocking anything, but just wondering if I really should have been waiting until the pup was 6 months. But the information that I read, and the help I am getting from cooter is all about the same style. Plus after seeing and hunting with cooter and his dogs a couple times :salude: if mine turns out to just be close, I will be thrilled.
I know that Labs have problems with Hips, Eyes & Elbows, and it just stands to reason that working a pup, when the bones are still soft, forming and growing everyday would cause problems. I would like to have him ready to do some real work this season. I hope to be finshed with the Pinch Collar and Leash by the end of the month (Hopefully) and moving on to the Forcing Table, which I'm thinking about having cooter do this for me, talking about a nice table.
Plus they say that a good Force Fetching Session will set the tone for the rest of the training. So I thought that I might have someone do it, who has a little experience, plus pinching my buddies ear doesn't sound like something that I look forward too.
Just kinda wondering what got you to working you dog so early or compared to what I am being told. Is there information on a Early Start Program or is a trainer helping you that believes in starting the puppies this early ? ? ? Just looking for more information to help me with training my pup.