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Boomers Training (the outcome of I FOUND A DOG)

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ok fellas. as most of you know, i found a dog a couple weeks ago and never found the owners. hes now my huntin buddy and is being trained as we speak. heres a lil overview of what were working on and wat he already knows. keep in mind hes only 11 wks old. any input for new commands or anything of the sort will be most graciously accepted as this is my first lab and first time training a gun dog.

ok, so with about a weeks worth of work, he is making complete retrieves of about twenty yards and returns back to my feet. he is starting to go on command, but it needs A LOT of work. we started trying short, simple blind retrieves today using hand signals.

he works very well in the fifteen minute sessions we are working in, it just depends on what kind of mood hes in. im not going to push him too hard as hes still a puppy and he just loses interest quickly. i will be getting a whistle asap seeing as how he responds to that much better than my voice as far as getting his attention when hes distracted by something. i dont plan on buying an e collar because ive seen too many good dogs ruined with them. i realize thats the operators error but i dont want that thing to be there to mess anything up seeing as how im trying to prove my grandfather wrong about the dog being able to hunt in the first place. the only problem i see right now is he has separation anxiety and deals with it by barking. it usually stops within five or ten minutes, but i dont want it to last that long or even occur at all for that matter. any advice on stopping this before its beyond fixing? and any other retrieves you guys think he needs to be working on would help tremendously. thanks :thumbsup:
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If I had to do it all over again (I havn't seen sound beginins, but have heard it's pretty good)

I would have gotten the fowl dawg dvds

hey pup fetch it up is a good book

Come time to forcefetching, you are going to want smartfetch dvd. with Graham.

These are the resource I will keep for life, and also will buy Sound Beginings dvd when I get some cash.

Do not waste time with any methods by walters, wern't really helpful to me at all (dvd's)

There is also a collar conditioning dvd out Mike Lardy's Total Ecollar, and it's worth at least owning if not using!!!!
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oh, i wish I had introduced birds much earlier on my first pup. It was 6 months when he was on his first live bird, and it was really late if you ask me
right i was way late on bird intro intro, I wished I had but I was havin troubles finding any birds that were legal, as well as land I could do it on... needless to say, he is great on birds... he just won't quite...

the dvd's that have been offered sound like a pretty good deal actually. I liked those dvd's and know it would be an asset for training!!
wolter's gun dog was so bad I never bought anything of his ever again.
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