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New Lab Pup On His Way
« on: July 17, 2017, 11:25:12 AM »
Hi all. I just put money down on a new pup from North Bend Retriever Kennel. I am really excited, and have 6 weeks to learn as much as I can, and get ready to pick him up. Looking to you guys for help. I am looking for recommendations on training grounds in Western WA (such as release sites), Training Collars, Books, and anything else you guys might see useful. Any tricks of the trade would be greatly appreciated. I have always had dogs, but this will be my first Bird Dog. We will be doing both waterfowl and upland bird. Thanks in advance!

P.S., Ill post pictures as soon as I am able to get some. He was just born 7/11.

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Re: New Lab Pup On His Way
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 08:14:16 PM »
For the first 6 months work on obedience.  That lays the foundation for everything else.  15 minutes in the AM, and 15 minutes in the PM.  Every day.  Here, heel, and sit.  Some trainers don't like to teach heel, because a heeling dog doesn't find birds.  I have found that as long as you keep heel out of the upland field when they are young it doesn't hurt.  Crate training is also important at this time.  It usually only takes a couple of days, but you will need ear plugs.  :chuckle:

Take him on long walks in hunting type terrain with a 10 foot lead dragging behind him.  The lead is so you can catch him if you need to, and it also builds boldness as it gets hung up and he has to pull free.  This teaches him about the world, so he learns to accept new things without fear.   Of course introduce him to water as well.  Try to find someplace with a gently sloping bank, and then just be patient and let it happen.

Get a couple of paint rollers to start his retrieving.  They are really easy on the young pups mouth and baby teeth, and they are cheap.  A couple of retrieves at a time, and then put it up.  It's best to leave them wanting more than it is to tire them out. 

Finally, no tug of war.  It's a dominance game, and could lead to serious problems later.
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Re: New Lab Pup On His Way
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 07:37:44 AM »
For the first 6 months work on obedience.  That lays the foundation for everything else.  15 minutes in the AM, and 15 minutes in the PM.  Every day.  Here, heel, and sit.  Some trainers don't like to teach heel, because a heeling dog doesn't find birds.  I have found that as long as you keep heel out of the upland field when they are young it doesn't hurt.  Crate training is also important at this time.  It usually only takes a couple of days, but you will need ear plugs.  :chuckle:

Take him on long walks in hunting type terrain with a 10 foot lead dragging behind him.  The lead is so you can catch him if you need to, and it also builds boldness as it gets hung up and he has to pull free.  This teaches him about the world, so he learns to accept new things without fear.   Of course introduce him to water as well.  Try to find someplace with a gently sloping bank, and then just be patient and let it happen.

Get a couple of paint rollers to start his retrieving.  They are really easy on the young pups mouth and baby teeth, and they are cheap.  A couple of retrieves at a time, and then put it up.  It's best to leave them wanting more than it is to tire them out. 

Finally, no tug of war.  It's a dominance game, and could lead to serious problems later.

Thanks for the tips! A lot of that mirrors what the breeder said! Any feedback on training collars? I have been looking at the Garmin Tritonics 70 and 550, but I am leaning more towards the Garmin Sport Pro- mainly due to the handheld size.

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Re: New Lab Pup On His Way
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 10:37:50 PM »
Should be a great pup. Russ(passed on last year) and Mary are great folks who produce great dogs and have been doing it a long, long time. My youngest pups' dam is from Russ and Mary. Moxie, owned by my buddy Russ Hardy from Alaska is the dam. I couldn't be more pleased with him. He's probably one of the smartest and good looking pups I've owned. Good luck and congrats.
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