TNDUCK34 wrote:At what point do you lose the gametotally and lose the dog. Can that happen and how fast? Is it just trial and error? What are the signs they are not playing you? Then what do you do? Can you get them back or is it a lost cause?
Yes it CAN happen and depending on the dog.... faster than you care to think. Trial and error.... NO WAY! That's the quickest way to confuse and burn a dog out. By no means was I advanced in my training game when I started and by no means am I anywhere close to some of the fellows on here. BUT.... if your willing to learn and train yourself with good videos/books/people you will have a better dog as an outcome.
For instance I've trained 3 upland dogs, and Sarge (avatar pic) is my first "duck dog". So I studied books, videos, asked questions, became a sponge.... eyes open, mouth shut! Didn't feel confident finishing a completed FF program by myself so I sent him to a trainer for 3 months (hardest but best decision I made). Now.... take all the stuff I learned from books, internet, video programs, ect and it doesn't amount to CRAP when you go to a GOOD trainer. So your training 1 dog, he's trained 100's, maybe thousands therefore he's seen it all! Every dog reacts different and cant be molded the exact same. CC is great and has improved the game ten fold but sometimes you have to know an old school trainer whose not afraid to get his hands dirty to teach lessons.