archeryrob wrote:Zac, look in to Force Fetching. You are going to think it's mean when you first start but it will take an non young dog and break them to the process. Obedience is key for a hunting lab. Sit, stay and honor other dogs. If they dog will not sit and stay, you will get extremely frustrated, let me tell you. They want to break and take off when birds land, or you shoot.
Look at the book "10 minute retriever". It covers the basics and how your dog needs working every day, but 10 minutes is more than enough. Start with sit and stay before doing anything!! Most dogs just need to be excited to do it to pick up birds.
My lab in this picture loves hunting more than me! Now he is retired as hunting and cold weather just ruins his hips. He's is 10 and would gladly go if I let him. I still get the "Can I go?" look in the mornings when getting dressed. I let him carry a birds around after I come home while I am cleaning them now and feed him a goose leg here and there. Retirement perks, don't you know.
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