i've seen jack russels terriers retrieve duck before but i don't know when the proper time to train them is. i'm wondering if i could train mine as if it were a lab. i've hunted with labs before but i wanted to try something different.
I'm going to answer this because I've got a big soft spot for all dogs. Do your dog a big favor and let him do what he was bred to do and he was not bred to be a retriever. I have no doubt that on rats and gophers and other small rodents your dog would be right in his element but he will never be a duck dog.
i agree about keeping a dog in his element. a lot of JRT's don't weigh as much as some ducks. i couldn't imagine them retrieving in the water. i have seen people use them for quail which i am not even fond of, but that makes a little more sense.
if you want your JRT to experience the outdoors with you, take up squirrel hunting. they are great for that. it's a good time, too.
***NOTE*** no offense was intended by this message, just my personal opinion. from your original post, i gather that you want to find ways to experience the outdoors with your dog, which i support 1000%. hopefully, that is how you took my response.
The dog is sent into bust the flock up then the HUNTERS call the birds back in. Sorry to get your hopes up for a duck calling dog. If you can find a dog to call for me though I would definitely be interested! Shoot it could probably call better than me anyway.
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