tie duck wings to a bumper. and let him have fun retrieving that. at this point make it FUN. If you force too much on him it will backfire...QUICKLY. Get him consistent with watching you and responding to commands...and don't really let him chew on the birds yet...just exposure for now is fine. If you can hook up with a training club nearby, great...take him around where he'll hear gunfire (but not directly next to it or directly exposed to it) so it isn't a big deal. FUN FUN FUN. Always end on a good note and keep him wanting more...I wouldn't get all bent up on specifics yet. In the meantime, while he's growing, pick up some of Evan Gram's smart works training videos and books and educate yourself and find a GROUP. It's great to train with others...you won't really be able to implement force fetch or holding stuff for a while at this young stage....just keep it LIGHT. I can't stress this enough. BOND with your dog and everything else will fall into place.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
SHR Watson's Safari Rider, JH, WC, CL1-R, RA, CGC, TDI
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