I have never done force fetch or have never been to a seminar. I know there are lots of good books and materials but I am concerned about knowing how to read my puppy. What are the pros and cons of forcing fetching yourself as compared to using a pro? I am also concerned that pro's don't always do a good job
A Pro is a pro only if they are paid money for their work. Doesn't mean they are good, but if you ask around at a hunt test or a club, or on a forum like RTF, your chances would be better to get a good one.
Otherwise, one of the best books on the topic imo is SmartFetch by Evan Graham.
You can mess a dog up w/ too much pressure, so if doing it yourself, it's probably better to err on the soft side. How far do you plan to take your dog -- in competitions, I assume? Anne
I do the hunt tests I would hope to at least get an sh and perhaps a mh. I really don't want to spend the rest of the dogs life trying to straigten out what happened during ff. so I am very concernced