I have a lab thatís not yet 6 months old. We work on retrieving with a dummy quail and some dove scent and a cap gun to simulate a shot almost every day. He has done very well at it with and without the shock collar, but today I walked outside and he had a real bird in his mouth. He would not give it to me. He just wanted to play keep away. Then he ate it. My concern is once itís a real bird that I shoot would he bring it to me like I have been training him to do or do yíall think he will play keep away? Do yíall think since he caught it himself thatís why he didnít want to give it to me?
I use a 100 foot rope on my pups when I am doing work with dead or alive birds till I know what they are going to do. I think its pretty common when using real birds the pups want to keep it for themselves.
You need to get your obedience squared away. Until you have a reliable recall a check cord will get him back to you. Retrievers need birds. Best way to get them is to shoot them and it is that time of the year.
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