Well I had been thinking of doing this for a while and since Kristy (nolefan) asked for it (and be careful what you ask for) I thought I would begin a thread to be my little journal of Bally's field training.
I did something similar for Slater although it started a lot later in his training: https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...education.html
So as of today Bally is 9 months old. What has he had so far?
- land marks
- short, simple water marks
- all varieties of birds both dead and alive, I've yet to find something he doesn't like
- duck calls & gun shots
- 3-handed casting on a long line, starting when he was very little with food bowls, now graduated to bumpers, but just single bumpers not piles
- whistle sit on a leash for treats
- some basic field obedience....sit means sit, don't move unless directed otherwise; heel means back up in heel position; "here" for treats; he is not steady in the least bit; he wears an ecollar but has never felt it, pinch collar for control on lead
So 2 nights ago we started "take it" and "out" with a bumper. Just a few minutes in the garage before dinner. He is wearing a buckle collar high and snug on his neck. The 3rd, 4th and pinky finger of my left hand are under his collar, the thumb and index finger are around his ear just like I was going to do an ear pinch. I am not pinching at all at this point but he is now getting used to working and being handled with his ear in my hand, which never moves from his ear while we work on take it and out. So far, he doesn't care a bit! We are using a small bumper I hold in my right hand. Puppy sits, I tell him "take it" which he does, I praise and pet while he's holding the bumper, and a verbal marker "uh-uh" and either tap under the chin or hold his mouth closed if he mouths it. I have decided not to use the word "hold" with him as I think "take it" should be implied that you hold it and not mouth. He already knows what "out" means. Wash, rinse, repeat. We probably do "take it" "out" 10-15 times a session. I will do this every day for at least a week. He's doing it perfectly well so the temptation is to rush!
Will check back in with any updates.