Retriever Puppy Training
An excerpt from the “Training a Retriever Puppy” DVD showing the importance of keeping BALANCE in your training, right from the beginning.
Loving to retrieve and excitement for retrieving are the FIRST and most important part of retriever puppy training. You can’t go forward with obedience until your puppy is happy and loves to retrieve!
Wild to Retrieve
The key to Retriever training is to get the RETRIEVING going FIRST!
You have to have a WILD to retrieve puppy before you start any obedience. FIRST you get the puppy wild to retrieve, and then you BALANCE that with the leash and the ‘SIT’ command.
“Training a Retriever Puppy” DVD excerpt shows Bill’s philosophy how to get him WILD before any training commands.
Bill explains why the “Here” command is not followed closely behind the ‘SIT’ command. He wants them to ‘SIT’ with major distractions before starting the ‘HERE’ command. Therefore the dog/puppy won’t anticipate the ‘HERE’ command.
Puppies must learn a little about PATIENCE. Bill’s method of teaching steadiness is called ‘TRAFFIC COP’. This method teaches patience while young and is an extremely gentle approach to learning to ‘SIT’.
The Basics of a Puppy Double
Puppy is somewhat steady and learns that there is another bumper to retrieve.
Live Bird Introduction
You want your retriever puppy to be excited about live birds. You don’t care if the dog retrieves it or brings it back. All that matters is the EXCITEMENT! Don’t take it away from him right away when he gets to you. Let your retriever puppy hang on to it before you take it from him.