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#6506484 - 10/22/16 10:48 AM Trouble with dog
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Registered: 11/05/14
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Loc: tx panhandle
I have a 9mo old brittany pup that is giving me some issues. I havnt worked with him near as much as my last dogs but this is different. Until a couple months ago he would go ANYWHERE for a retrieve. Now if i throw his dummy into brush outside the yard, he stops at the edge and comes back to me. I have to go over and coax him into the brush. If we arent playing fetch, he goes anywhere without reservation. Any ideas on whats going on here? My last dogs were kenneled except when training or hunting. This dog has been more of a pet and free to roam.

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#6506541 - 10/22/16 11:47 AM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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He must of seen a snake or something in the bushes you don't know about and it stuck with him. Why would you throw it in the brush anyway. Wild birds will give him reason to get in the brush over a dummy.

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#6506692 - 10/22/16 02:47 PM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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Why would i throw it in the brush? Really? I shoot amd retrive very few quail out of cut grass myself.

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#6506729 - 10/22/16 03:23 PM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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There's a big difference sending a dog in brush when snakes are active or hibernating

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#6506941 - 10/22/16 06:35 PM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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I'd forget retrieving for awhile and take the pup hunting. Most pups will hunt dead. You can always do FF after the season is over.
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#6508456 - 10/24/16 07:20 AM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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I've got an eight year old Pointer that no longer fetches the dummy. She's hell on birds, even over water, but not the dummy.


C'est la vie.
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#6508636 - 10/24/16 09:06 AM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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I would lay off the retrieving for a while sounds like he's bored with it. Or try having a little more lax training sessions. More fun and messing around. If you are serious every round and he's not having fun with it quit. Remember a dog is motivated by desire to please you so if you are not having fun or please by his retrieving he won't either. I have had a few lab who started to get that way. Same as above; bored in the yard, hates dummies unless another dog is involved, but will die to retrieve something alive with feathers in the field.
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#6508670 - 10/24/16 09:34 AM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: MoBettaHuntR]
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If you don't force fetch you should limit retrieving. It has to be fun. Don't throw dummies until he quits, quit while he still wants to retrieve. I usually send each dog only three or four times. You can't force him into the brush ---I'd lay off it for awhile --- wait till bird season, hunting downed birds in cover will probably cure him.


Edited by Mundo (10/24/16 09:35 AM)

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#6509471 - 10/24/16 04:02 PM Re: Trouble with dog [Re: Chuckw]
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Thanks for all the pointers guys. This dog has a ton of drive. We will see what happens.

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