keep pretty much the same theory for all phases of the sport i choose to do..
and e-dog is right..most 'trainers' have no clue how to do a 'proper' forced retrieve..so they end up really messing up your dog..ears have been butchered through 'trainers' twisting them to apply pain to the dog..toes broken with pliers etc..seems like the term 'force retrieve' gives some 'trainers' a license to simply abuse a dog...
i just honestly do not see the point to a forced retrieve..unless you are talking about a service dog for a handicapped person..their life could depend on a retrieve of keys dropped in an icey puddle etc...but for sport work? are points and being on the podium THAT important to you? why not just select a dog that brings all the drive to the work you want to do?
me personally? i make the retrieve a game..we play two dumb bells etc...dog has natural desire to bring..all can be done with motivation..and sure..he might walk it in a trial...just like he might walk a track too...but again..NO method is perfect..and i have seen more than my fair share of dogs that have been 'forced' in both tracking and retrieves walk too..and it sure ain't pretty when they do it..
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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