I've got a young lab, had her since she was a pup. She was sitting at 8 weeks, retrieving at 8 weeks, and swimming at 9 weeks. She has been excellent, and I have more than dedicated myself to her. She has been on 3 hunts with me, the first she was 4 months old, she retrieved 4 teal. I had to throw a rock in the water for her to get going. The next hunt was 4 more teal and 8 doves. She got just about every single one. Now at 6 months, I took her out and shot a teal, but she didn't even want to go after it. Just sat there, yawned and stretched (literally). I took her to the duck, she just sniffed it, looked at me, and walked away.
She doesn't seem to have a drive to retrieve, unless I throw it in the water. Sure she will retrieve on land, but she just takes her time and doesn't seem to really have the drive to do it.
She has semi been a family dog and I'm wondering if that has any influence on her.
I have her at the trainer now, and his goal is to get her to "want" to retrieve.
Just something I don't really understand, I mean I know she is just a pup, but her actions make me frustrated.
Could this just be something she may snap out of after maturity?
Just wondering what yalls thoughts are.