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Pup Introduction To Retrieving Birds

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There are a few things we want to mention. Training is a process not a program. Remember to always leave something in it for the dog. Learn to leave the ego at home. Don't get wrapped up in time lines. Training is about the dog. Learn what a success cycle is and constantly think of how you can set your don't up for success.

Best of luck with your training endeavor!

Gary Buys

 

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Pup Introduction to retrieving birds. Text transcribed from Training The Pointing Retriever chapter.

Pup Introduction to retrieving birds

Time 0:55 Up to this point we have exposed our dogs to retrieving. We started out with gloves just having fun. Tossing gloves out there have them come back bring them back to us pet on them make a big deal about it. Then we showed them what bumpers were. We took them out tossed a few bumpers they brought them same general idea. Just fun stuff go out and get it and come back. They have been exposed to a bird in a crate already. They know what they are and what they smell like. We've got them fired up there. Now we are going to take things up a couple of notches even more in the retrieving department and the way we are going to that is the best thing in the world for retrieving and that's birds. While you can teach virtually any marking concepts with training dummies there is nothing that gets them as fired up about retrieving as birds does.

Time 1:52 We are going to start off by just teasing them a little bit with it and then toss it out in front just a short distance . We don't care about distance right now. all we are trying to do is get them fired up about this retrieving. A very common thing for these little guys to do at this age , and these pups are four months, three to four months old old , is that they want to play sort of a keep away thing or they don't want to come back to you. Not a big deal really. All you got to do is when they go out to get it start moving away if the hesitate or they hang out and look like they are not going to come back just start walking the other way and then sort of coax them in call their name , clap your hands get their attention. When they come back make sure you praise them give them lot's of praise. From your dogs perspective they are getting a pretty good deal here. One, they are going out and getting feathers. Two they are coming back and getting petted on. That is a pretty darn good deal for a dog. Especially a puppy.

Time 3:08 An important thing to keep in mind is when your pup runs out there and picks up that bird and comes back don't reach down there and snatch that bird out of their mouth right away. You want them to hang onto it. it's OK. As long as they are not chewing it and pulling feathers out. If you start snatching it out of their mouth what's going to happen is there going come back and start avoiding you and you don't want to do that. You want them to want to come back to you because they are going to get praised. Their going to get the bird , their going to retrieve and their going to get praised. That's a heck of a deal.

Time 3:35 Something else to keep in mind is they are just learning how to pick birds up. So they have to adjust things around to make it work. I would recommend you freeze some pigeons or small ducks something they can handle. Something they are not going to bite into hard. If it is solid your not going to have some problems created with what we call hard mouth. Were they bite down hard on it. Their just going to be solid. That is a lot better than a fresh kill bird and it looks like an houerderve to them. As a general rule put it in a plastic bag, and be sure to let everybody to know that it is in there. So there are no surprises when somebody goes to get ice cream and sees this duck head looking at them instead. Not everyone is going to look at that really nice green head that is going to the taxidermy the way that a hunter will.

Time 4:49 When you toss for these little guys is what you want to do is to extend the distance over time. A little farther an a little farther. Maybe into a little bit of cover. Just a little bit of a challenge each time. We are going to toss this bird maybe three to five times. Just till they get the basic idea and they are running out and they're coming back. End on a good note when they are doing it right and always give them a lot of praise. Especially at this age.

Time 5:18 Praise for effort. Every time they do something right make a big deal about it. This teaches your pup that good things happen when they are with you. Their going to have fun, their going to be successful. Developing a great attitude about training is really going to pay off down the road. When they start becoming challenged they will have enough successes in place of doing things right and being praised that their going to come up to anything they see and their going to say I can do this. Because they know they have been successful in the past. You have built their confidence and you helped develop an attitude so they are going to be ready for challenges that will be coming up later.

 

Written by Gary Buys
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