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Retrieves bumper but not duck.

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Hi guys, I got a 1 year old fox red lab. I am a college student an got her last year over xmass break. I worked with her every weekend since my school is close. She is good on OB and we are working on steady. She loves retrieving bumpers and occassionally a pheasant but what I dont get is she will not retrieve a duck :huh: Why will she retrieve a bumper, duck wing, and bumper with duck scent but not the acually duck while Im hunting? Thought you guys might have some good insight on what I should do now that it is only goose season and Ill have plenty of time to work with her. she will go to the duck and mouth it but just doesnt retrieve it.

Thanks guys,

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The ducks you are using, are they frozen? Spoiled? Water logged and generally nasty?

Perhaps try some live birds with the primaries pulled or a shackled wing. Hup it up...make it fun and lots of praise for the bird. Shorten the retrieves with the live birds to a few yards so you can use your close presence to encourage picking up the bird. Have a buddy throw the live bird from behind you so that it's a surprise. Don't use a gun, check cord or anything that may discourage the retrieve. Don't worry about steadiness while cultivating the birdiness in your pup. Leave the bumpers alone while trying this. Give that a try and encourage the bird retrieves before you attempt FF.

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