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28-09-2016, 07:39 PM #1
Alf's Adventures and Aspirations
I wanted to start a new thread about Alf and his training.Some of you might find it of interest if you're into shooting dogs and it might be of some help if you're training your own dog.
Alf will be 5 months old in October and is out of FTW Brocklebank Marsh of Liverycroft,sired by FTCh Waysgreen Barracuda.His owner is one of the forum members "Stuckinlondon" and I'm training Alf for him as a Peg/Picking Up Dog.
Alf is a smart little dog.He's a quick learner and because of that he's out everyday doing some sort of basic training as well as having abit of fun along the way.
I've never been a big believer in waiting for a dog to reach 7 or 8 months old before starting formal training.If a dogs up for it then let him get on with it as long as theres no serious pressure on them and its all done in fun and its seen as a bit of a game.
He walks nicely on the lead already but the real heel work hasn't begun yet.That will come later when his concentration span has improved.At the moment all he wants to do is play and have a bit of fun.
A Labradors raison d'etre is to retrieve and at the end of the day thats what he has been bred to do but as well as retrieving he must be able to hunt because without hunting he won't always find his retrieve so hunting is something I always try an encourage.
Throwing a ball or dummy in some light cover,long grass or rushes will make them hunt rather than throwing it out on some short grass where its easily seen and picked but I do both so it gives the dog some variation.
Going out on a retrieve looks smarter if its done in a straight line and its easier to give a dog a direction if he has a straight line to follow.
If you throw a ball or dummy down the line of a fence or hedgerow he'll naturally take a straight line out and a straight line back.
This is a great little exercise for them to do and if they are a natural retriever which not all dogs are they find it fun but I don't over do it.Little and often is the secret to keeping them keen.
A good fuss when he comes back with his retrieve is something you should always do and in turn it means he will really get to like coming back to you weather he has something in his gob or not.
I haven't done any recall with him as such as it all kind of comes naturally or it should do if the dogs loves being with you.If you don't make a fuss of him on his return then he won't see much reason to come back so make sure he has a reason to come back to you.
For now then its just fun.In a few weeks he'll be starting on sitting and staying properly but in a round about way he's doing that already as all the dogs sit on a bench in the garage when I'm doing the kennels which is something I insist that they do.
Alf picked it up pretty quick as he just follows the other dogs into the garage and they all jump up.
Here he is with his mates...More to follow.
Last edited by simon grace; 30-09-2016 at 11:46 AM.Piscator Non Solum Piscatur
Well done Simon
Brilliant simon look forward to the next episode
A really good idea for a thread, sadly 6 yrs too late for me and my badly trained dog. I was particularly taken by your reasoning around recall. My dog must really hate me. Only joking, I think he respects me- top dog if you like- but he would rather be "over there" chasing rabbits!
29-09-2016, 09:20 PM #5
Sounds nice doesnt it but its not always like that.Sometimes you have to concentrate on the re-call exercise and put plenty of time into doing it.
If there is only one thing you ever teach your dog to do properly and do it everytime then let the re-call be it!!!
Last edited by simon grace; 29-09-2016 at 09:36 PM.Piscator Non Solum Piscatur
Aye.......I wasn't able to spend much time with one of my dogs when she was young and consequently she often has a weird sense of direction when it comes to recall.....she has a habit of flicking a very stylish V sign when she disappears into the next Parish
29-09-2016, 10:14 PM #7
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He's a beaut.
Looking forward to this thread."You don't fish for fish, you fish for fishin" MacGyver.
Love it !
Looking forward to the next update !
Shake a leg , Simon.Remember Thomas Muir of Huntershill