mtbaughs wrote:I am still working on getting my black lab to retrieve a goose. She'll retrieve ducks all day but refuses to pick up a goose. First time I shot one she ran right up to it like she was on point to retrieve, then she hesitated and came back. I've tried a good dummy, a real goose, and I've tried showing her different methods to hold the goose in her mouth. Wing, neck etc. She really seems intimidated by the size difference.
After initial posting, I took him into a corn field hunt. We downed a goose, but he'd pick it up move a few feet and a wing would get hung up on stubble (Unlike the back yard where there is none), and again there was a problem to solve, but it was in the way he had it, that allowed the wings to drag.
We got home and spent the afternoon doing retrieves on a goose, until he was consistant in grabbing by the body instead of one of the wings.
Ran him around retieving that goose 'til Hell wouldn't have it', and now it remains to be tried in the field on a hunt, but I'm thinking he is definitly over the hump with that problem.
I'd try throwing a goose in a pond or creek you can wade, but the dog must swim in. I think a creek or shallow slough with moving water would be best. As the dog sees the bird drift away slowly, make it watch until the anticipation of getting it is intense, then send the dog.
It will probably grab, and retieve it, not having the full weight until the shoreline.
Might be a good place to start.
It was for my dog.