Lane Posted September 24, 2012 Share Posted September 24, 2012 Hey guys, I have a couple questions for you. I am a big duck hunter and get out every chance I can. Two years ago my wife and I rescued a lab/springer mutt from a really really bad situation. I never really considered her a hunter until duck opener this year. We had some extra room, so my buddies and I threw her in the truck for a trip to western MN. The hunting was the best we have had out there in years...and the dog actually showed a little promise. She is not gun shy at all and actually retrieved a couple of the ducks. The only problem was she wouldn't commit to retrieving all the ducks. She would pick and choose when she would pick it up. We would send her on a retrieve, and she would take off like a bat-outa-hell through mud and cattails to get to the duck but once she got to it, she would either pick it up, or just nudge it and run back.This is where the force fetch and formal training comes in. I have decided to take a run at making her a hunter. I believe she has it in her, but am also realistic understanding she is simply a mutt. Now I need to find someone to train me and my dog on how to consistently retrieve ducks.Now the questions: 1) Does anyone know of a trainer that would be willing to work with a mutt and a young hunter that really wants to learn how to train his dogs? 2) I am not really interested in simply shipping her off to have her trained for 3 months. I am looking for someone who would teach me how to train dogs at the same time. Am I going to have a hard time finding someone that would work with a mutt? The first two places I called this morning said they wanted lineage records. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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