This is a second discussion on sending your Labrador Retriever away from you for a retrieve. Here we discuss how to extend the range to which you can send your dog, and how to avoid pottering.
Retrieving is an important part of any gundog’s training. With an understanding of the basic signals and how to teach them, you can be much more confident about your Labrador’s ability to retrieve shot game. Here we discuss how to teach a Labrador to retrieve a dummy which is behind the dog, away from the trainer.
There comes a point when you realise that with a little more effort on your part, your dog really could be good enough to enter a trial. If the thought of taking part worries you, why not spectate for a while? An article by Jonathon Preston of Hawshill Kennels
Gundogs, Their Learning Chain – the second book of Joe Irving’s that I bought to help me when I was struggling to get to grips with a particularly headstrong English Springer Spaniel.
Where the dog is used solely for the purpose of retrieving, you will not need to study the hunting sections, and instead will concentrate on improving the dog’s performance on retrieving. This will involve building a relationship of trust, where the dog believes you when you tell it that there really is a bird down, […]