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This may not sound like a field question, but since I hope to do some hunt tests with Gabby I want your opinion.
In general Gabby's retrieving is getting pretty good. We have still only been able to work inside due to too much snow outside. It is melting (ssshhh I am pretending I am not noticing) She goes out well and returns quickly with the object. She is also in the ever most elementary meaning of the words, working "take, hold, give". However here is my "issue".
Gabby is CONSTANTLY carrying socks and slippers around the house. If we put the socks in the clothes basket, she gets them out. If we put the clothes basket on the bathroom sink, she jumps up and gets them. I know I can correct that behavior (getting in and on things), but the carrying of things around, I am not 'correcting' her. She is retrieving right? I don't tell her she is a good girl, I also do not tell her she is bad. I call her to me, and I ask her to "give" which she does, and send her on her way. Because I want her to retrieve I don't think I can correct this behavior. She has a LOT of toys she has access to all the time, which she also plays with and carries around, but she likes socks and slippers. To this day, she has not chewed on them.
Recently she is doing more of this behavior, she has done it from the start, but lately more common. I wonder if it is because she is teething. I know the slippers and socks are softer on her mouth. However if we give her a stuffie she kills it. So I am open to your thoughts. No I don't want her taking laundry, but what can I do? So far the only way to get her to stop is to close the door which we are not in the habit of doing never had to, so it is hard to remember. Should I care?
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