A-5, I must think somethin' of you, for I've done some homework for ya'.
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You don't HAVE to have birds in order to train, but it IS a good idea to have and keep birds in your pups training diet from time to time. It's good to strike a good balance between birds and bumpers.
Check out labman63 on this forum, he's a good dog man just south of ya' in N.C..
As far as your dawg-
If you're saying you've got a rather "soft dog" who you'd believe not to be a good candidate for Pressure Conditioning-(FF), then you're the one who would know that. However, a good set of proffessional eyeballs on your dog might not be a bad idea before you write off any methods of training that could render your dog a good dependable Gundog that's trained for your own utility.
Even non-force training methods offer up a certain amount of pressure
whether it be indirect or direct.
Just so you know- most modern traditional training programs worth anything, (for Gundogs) are full of basic fundamentals that even a Field Trial dog would be subjected to. It's when you get to that crossroad in training whether one decides to crank things up to a higher level, or continue on with what you've got.
It's all about goals.
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