Full disclosure. There has been plenty of chasing. Last week she was in cover over my head and ended up 242 yards out. Only reason it was not 342 was because I started hustling to catch up as I watched the yardage going up faster than our national debt. There are coyotes hunting for pups 24/7 and roads around. Just moments before I was able to steer her away from a raccoon (that I saw and she did not), out prowling in the heavy overcast sky and cool temps. She is too small and too bold and that could be a harmful or deadly combination for her currently.Featherfinder wrote: ↑Tue May 12, 2020 5:44 amYou can't do that with your pup at just 19 weeks! You should let it run and then let it run some more. Let it chase stuff, develop her independence, chase deer and rabbits and butterflies, and she shouldn't come back to you unless SHE wants to, if she even does come back. You should have to go get her!
What you're doing is all wrong. You have to wait another 8 months, at least, maybe more, to start training.
At this rate, you'll have a fully trained dog before she's 10 months old!
And, she looks like she having too much fun as well. Show that dog whose boss!
Just not right....
Have been working on ecollar overlay on our already trained recall command. It has a ways to go still. This pup has a lot of prey drive. It will be an asset in the water and with waterfowl and a challenge for awhile with upland pursuits. I expect to get there, how soon remains to be seen but I evaluate my training in my head constantly and give her work and new experiences daily.
I am going to ditch the waving orange flag set off to the side of the launcher as I suspect it is the source of the flagging she did initially on this bird before becoming staunch. Going to try the next setup without it and see how it goes as I have seen her hit her points hard and not flag. If she still flags a little initially before becoming staunch, I will launch the bird immediately while she is flagging the next time and try to teach more caution against any movement.
She is a baby and I was trying to gauge how much was her trying to figure out if she had enough scent. Good news was she got staunch and stayed that way, is bird crazy, bold and well acclimated to the gun at this stage.
Anyone got any input on that?