By Tom Dokken
After utilizing the time-tested equipment in Tom Dokken's Retriever education, you should have a competent retriever that obeys instructions on- and off-leash, retrieves birds handy, continues to be regular to shot, quarters and flushes upland video game, unearths downed birds, and takes hand signals.
summary: After utilizing the time-tested tools in Tom Dokken's Retriever education, you will have a competent retriever that obeys instructions on- and off-leash, retrieves birds at hand, is still regular to shot, quarters and flushes upland video game, reveals downed birds, and takes hand signs
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These principles apply for water retrieves as well. As your dog starts to near the shore, turn and start moving away. I can almost guarantee he will run you down to deliver his prize. Another way to exercise control while keeping retrieving fun is to take your dog swimming and while he is in the water toss the dummy in his direction. While he is swimming after it, wade in to a point where the water is deep enough that he still has to swim and call him to you. Your pup will have little choice but to come your way.
Command Sit, then step away. When you can do this without your dog following, and he stays put for a few seconds, step back to him and deliver a treat. It should go without saying that you should always move toward your dog to deliver the treat. If he comes to you first and you give him a treat, you just taught him it was okay to leave his spot. The goal right now is to be able to get one step away and 48 Tom Dokken’s Retriever Training Early Puppy Training 49 Create a simple platform with an old tire and a piece of plywood.
Remote Collar – No, I’m not telling you to start remote collar training at this age! Chapter 10 is devoted to that. However, it is a good idea to get your dog used to wearing his remote collar at a young age. You want him accept the remote collar as meaning it’s time to go out and do something fun. So have him wear it when you let him out in the yard and take him for walks. But don’t even think about turning it on yet. You have a lot to do before you get to that point. TRANSITIONING FROM TREATS TO LEASH If you’ve done your treat training properly, making the transition to leash reinforcement will not be difficult.