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Ive got a 1 year old female lab that is very intelligent and has alot of drive I know its sorta a late start but Im looking for some advice or tips on training this dog to be a duck dog or anybody that trains in/or around the Lafayette area. Any help would be appreciated. Im willing to pay. Thanks and good hunting.
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I suggest using a book called the Waterdog. It will give you step by step instructions on how to train your dog into a fine hunter. It is not for training your dog to compete in field trials. It is strictly for training your lab to hunt waterfowl. Although, according to the book, you are 11 months late, it is still very possible to use the principles spelled out chapter by chapter to teach your 12 month old lab. Consistency is the key. 15-30 minutes every day is all that it takes to get the dog to the level you desire. Once the dog reaches the desired retriever level your are looking for, you can back off the training to a couple of times a week to keep the dog fresh. If you train the dog yourself, your hunting trips with your lab will be more meaningful as you boast with pride as you watch the dog that YOU trained make spectacular retrieves.
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do you know who the author of waterdog is?
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   JIMMY W
Richard Wolters,You can get the book or the DVD!I think Academy had his products!Good Luck!
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   Pintail58
She's still a pup. Mike Lardy's Total Retriever training system is very good. 3 DVDs and a booklet. I'll start training again Feb.
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We use The Wildrose Way Training DVD... Mike Stewart.. the man that trained "Drake" the DU Dog...But any training material is better than none. if you have a good friend with a polished retiever to let your dog work with, would be great...Dogs learn well from other dogs,,believe me. I spent the summer letting my 11 month old now, do his water training with a polished retiever, and picked up on it instantly...these two dogs are great together now, its amazing...
Assuming your dog has obedience training at a year old, and enthusiastic about retrieving..perfect time to get on lining drills....Dont throw to many meaningless retrieves wich are ( marks )... do a lott of memories..setting dummies in deep cover with ya dog at heal and let her use her nose to go back and find them( Memories are the easiest way to get you dog on Blinds)... I keep tennis balls in a bag of duck breast feathers for this purpose alone... and tape wings to your bumpers as well...this is a great starter exercise. PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE...That Is The Key... Enjoy yourself and most importantly...Make it fun for the dog...

TBC
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Get it for sure... Trained five dogs with it and it works...I'm no professional.
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water dog dvd only thing you need. my pup is 11 months old and has retrieved over 100 birds so for this season.
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   Duddy
Check out Mike Mathiot's Training your Retriever basic and Advanced...He doesn't believe in the shock collar method and is very methodical. I have trained three dogs using this method and it's very effective without being abusive. It does depend on the disposition of the dog.Good luck!
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THese are all some great videos to help you get your pup headed in the right direction. If you have the time I say do it yourself also. Duck dog basics by Chris Akin is another good video on the subject. If you run into any problems feel free to give me a call and I can help you out also.
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