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    Default Dog Only Retrieves Birds

    This question was posed in a facebook group I'm part of. I've been very, VERY surprised by the answers. Here's my version of the question:
    Your bird dog (a hunter only - no competitions) retrieves birds to hand flawlessly 100% of the time.
    But he refuses to retrieve dummies, sticks, tennis balls, frisbees, or anything else on command.
    Are you OK with that? Why or why not?
    Remember, he retrieves (& will continue to retrieve) birds 100% of the time.
    Go!
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    I had a male Brittany that was like that. One of the best bird retrievers I ever had but he had no interest in dummies, balls or anything else. Heck, that was just fine with me. I had him as a bird dog, not as a dog to retrieve non-bird items.
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    Wouldn’t bother me a bit. His job is to bring back birds. Everything else is just for fun IMO.

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    More than OK, that's perfect. I don't need sticks, tennis balls, or socks... My last couple dogs have been great bird retrievers, but wouldn't chase a tennis ball more than 2 steps. Priorities.

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    I guess that eliminates water work.

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    Not ok, your dog doesn't get to "choose" what and when it will retrieve/hold and what/when it won't. This is why you force fetch/collar condition in the course of it's training program. Changes retrieving from a game it does when and how it wants into a task to be done properly on command.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labs View Post
    Not ok, your dog doesn't get to "choose" what and when it will retrieve/hold and what/when it won't. This is why you force fetch/collar condition in the course of it's training program. Changes retrieving from a game it does when and how it wants into a task to be done properly on command.
    To each their own and if that is what ye expectations are, so be it. I am with Lab's school o' thought on the matter. Me retrievers and the client dogs I work with are HOLD and FORCE FETCH conditioned. As part o' the entire process, the retrieve upon command is taught and further conditioned as a matter o' compulsion and is generalized to include many items upon command. A well trained retriever is trained to retrieve upon command and only when sent by his / her owner handler. T'is meself that decides when the dog is sent upon retrieve, I don't let the retriever make that decision on their own. That same principal applies to any other item I decide to send the retriever to make retrieve on, if I send him on it, he must and will retrieve it as commanded to. T'is not a request, t'is a command. I am the owner/ trainer/handler, and so the decision is me own, NOT the dogs. To let one's dog make those decisions is to allow them to be an "independent contractor" o' sorts, that usually results from the handler / trainer not providing the leadership that K9's require. T'is a matter o' lead or be led. If ye don't lead ye dog, the time will come when ye dog wants to lead ye. The dogs I work with are part of a tightly bonded team, a relationship built upon total trust. I give me dogs solid training focused on building success and to achieving a clearly defined standard. In turn, the dogs I work with have a clear understanding of the expectations of what each command I issue to them means. if I send them to make a retrieve of any object, they will in fact retrieve it without question as a matter of their training or conditioning process. The result ? A retriever of unquestionable dependability👍. I have included herein a few photographic examples o' me retrievers un questioning willingness to retrieve as commanded to.

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    GOOD DAWG 👌.


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    Last edited by IRISHWHISTLER; 10-29-2019 at 11:58 PM.

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