I am new to the forum here. I have an 11 month shorthair named Moose. His training is coming along quite well but I'm having a few issues with his retrieving. He absolutely loves his ball and loves to bring it back however he will never bring it right back to me. Often he'll circle around and drop it somewhat close by to me but he rarely brings it right back to me. I think at this point he wants a game out of getting it off of him. I never chase so he eventually drops it but never right to me. Other times he'll get distracted by a scent and drop it far away and leave it there.
What would be your recommendation? I'd love for him to have a great retrieve!
Max said to tell you to try a piece of plastic water pipe and sit on a narrow porch . he can walk in but has a tuff time turning around and exiting with out giving you the pipe. The same idea as sitting and reading a book with just a little twist.
It all depends on what you are satsified in the field. A 'trained' retrieve will eventually fail when the right circumstance is met, e.g. cold water, brambles, another bird or dog to play with, whatever it might be. But, if that is ok with you, then you are fine.
Force fetch training is the only way to ensure that the animal will perform the retrieve regardless of circumstance. I ALWAYS recommend that folks go to a pro for this (unless you plan on training a fair number of dogs, then it might be worth learning to do yourself). It is a very simple concept, but the application can be very challenging and mistakes could cause major problems with your buddy. It has the word force in it for a reason. The trick is to be able to read the dog and apply just the right amount of pressure to achieve success. It can be a little unpleasant at times, especially in the first few days.