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Old 04-17-2017, 03:37 AM
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Ok guys I'm needing some advice(it's long but please help). I have a yellow lab that is just shy of 5 months old. I've been working him on basic retrieves. He was a very fast learner on basic commands (sit, stay, come, and heal). We have a very odd training schedule because of my work schedule and hot part of the day so most work has been in the early a.m. hours with the help of yard lights, so I haven't pushed blinds of multiples. Monday he seemed to have the most drive and excitement I have seen when retrieving the bumper, but suddenly Tues until today (Sunday in the daylight) he refuses to leave heel when sent. Thought about trying a dead bird to play a little more on his instincts. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:35 PM
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I learned along time ago, don't push it, hes just 5 months old, some days are good some days are better, just have fun with him, Reagan my yellow lab, I trained him myself, is going to be 13 next Monday, and he still knows all the rules, he just is slow and not as long, time flys, enjoy all the puppy time you can.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:47 PM
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any dog just shy of 5 months shouldnt be doing much more than just fun puppy training. Bill Hillman Training a Retriever Puppy DVD is a great resource for helping your pup develop mentally and physically at that age.
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back off. To much training, and he is worn out. just take him on some walks, let him play in a pond or 6 and enjoy being a pup.

A few days, and he will be right back at it, but don't push him too hard.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:27 AM
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Thanks guys I have definatly backed off. He is just a long way behind the last dog I had at this point, and it has me stressing.
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What was your last dog doing at 4 months old?
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:14 AM
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Wait, you say at 5 months you havent pushed blinds or multiples...and that he is way behind your last dog...

Dude, slow down. At 5 months he should be getting fun retrieves both land and water, chasing live pigeons, And formalizing obedience...maybe even starting collar conditioning...getting ready to start a formal force fetch program. Slow down. Slow way down. This isn't about this season...rather, the next 10 seasons in the dogs life.
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5 months and blinds ????? A bit young for that. A bit young to be force trained. Force fetch , Forced to a pile.
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