How To Buy & Train A Labrador Retriever Puppy To Go Hunting Sometimes

By | October 3, 2022

Today Uncle Stonnie is talking about buying and training a Labrador Retriever That Goes Hunting Sometimes!

In this video Stonnie discusses goal setting, expectations, communicating with breeders, basic obedience, hunting obedience, and retrieving.

00:00 Introduction
01:50 House Dog That Goes Hunting Sometimes Training Overview
04:26 Objective Short & Long Range Goal Setting
06:45 Choosing The Right Breeder
12:45 Getting Started Training
17:29 Hold Demonstration
19:39 The Value Of Multi Tasking
21:48 Equipment Socialization
29:57 Teaching The Retrieve
38:55 Introducing The Walking Fetch
43:18 Moving To Field For Gunfire Desensitization
43:46 Reasonable One Year Goal For New Trainers
48:44 Old Man Henry Trains Uncle Stonnie

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Welcome back to bluegrass's beautiful Fall afternoon I'm out today dressed in Plaid because it's fall and fall Provides awesome dog training Opportunities trust me guys as fall Moves in okay as the temperatures drop Your dog's energy level is going to go Through the roof so you need to go ahead And get out right now and start Acclimating yourself and your dog to This cooler weather now the other thing You'll notice is that I am carrying an Air rifle today and the reason I am is Because we are talking about acquiring a House dog that goes hunting sometimes And we're also starting a series where We talk about raising a house dog that Goes hunting sometimes so I'm going to Combine those two elements so I can kill Two birds with one stone now the reason I have an air rifle instead of my Shotgun is because well YouTube down Regulates videos where you're carrying a Gun around and I used to carry a Shotgun Around all the time when I was doing Lab Videos YouTube would down regulate them Okay that's fine but people would also Say to me Stoney I can't carry a Shotgun Where I live I'm like okay well I think In America you can still carry a BB gun Or a pellet rifle right now if you can't Maybe you ought to think about leaving Where you live and moving over here to Where Uncle stone is right so let's uh

Let's walk some dogs and talk about uh Acquiring and raising a house dog that Goes hunting that sometimes Come on come on George so Uh while I'm walking you you know let me Just let me clue you into what I'm doing With the uh with the with the air rifle Over the next few weeks one of these Dogs come here Molly one of these dogs Is going to be going on a bit a lot of Big Adventure Training expeditions Because he's an actual house dog that's Going to go hunting sometimes but only One of the dogs that are out here with Me right now is that dog and I'm gonna Give you the chance to kind of watch and See if you can figure out which one it Is all right so uh let's come on now so What I have to do with the dogs that Come here for house dogs they go hunting Sometimes training is I have to Acclimate them to the whole process of Going hunting too often people think About hunting in terms of going hunting But there's really honestly there's a Whole lot of getting ready to go hunting Especially for guys because what do guys Love guys love gear and they love going Out with their friends and taking their Dogs in their gear right okay so I want These dogs to think if they see me pick Up an air rifle or a shotgun or a rifle That something awesome is fixing to Happen and I want it to happen often

Enough so that the dogs are not super Excited about it and hard to control you Know a lot of times people will ask me They'll say hey Stoney what do I do when My dog gets too excited about whatever And I'm like well one of the things you Can do is just do it more right because Everything in life the more you do it The less exciting it is so I pick up This uh air rifle and we head out back Or I pick out my shotgun and we head out Back and go four-wheeler riding or go Side by side riding or go hiking okay The first few times we do it the dogs Get really fired up but after a while They start to realize that we're not Actually going and doing anything fun Until they show me that they can be Competent of implied and they Demonstrate Mastery of their given Education level around here we teach a Common vocabulary which has come let's Go up uh easy wait and stay and we Expect for that vocabulary to be able to Be implemented under a broad range of Physical conditions right so in other Words I want to grab my gun and I want To know that the dogs are going to be Controllable until we get out to our Actual hunting or Adventure area okay so We always come out here and we do a Little bit of vocabulary work and we do What I call exercise or small challenges Work because the vocabulary is no good

If a dog can't implement the vocabulary In a wide range change of physical Conditions now for the dogs that are Here right now they've only been here For a couple of weeks and they're still In that stage where they see if I pick Up my gun that like we're going out back And they get really excited okay so what I did today was I came out and I Pre-fatigued the dogs I went ahead and I Rode my four-wheeler around a little bit And I got them tired and so now I'm Gonna do my vocabulary work and we're Going to work on getting on the Four-wheeler we're going to work on Getting into side by side and I'm not Going to have quite as much energy from The dogs but I'm going to have a lot More General compliance because they're Not going to be beside themselves in Anticipation of what we're going to do Next okay so that's kind of the Preparatory part of the video Now let's get to the nuts and bolts now The first thing and the most important Thing And ended up happy with a house dog that Goes hunting sometimes is to acquire the Right dog okay and so a lot of people Contact me and they you know they talk About doing research with the dogs okay But here's what I want you to understand You don't start your research with the Dogs you start your research

Around your dinner table Okay and here's what I mean about that Like when you you know when you first Start thinking about getting a dog and It doesn't matter whether it's a dog That you plan on going hunting with or Are you going to do a protection Sport With it or you're going to go boating or Hiking or whatever it doesn't matter What matters Uh What happens is that you start to build Up this fantasy in your mind where like You're gonna have all this extra time And your whole family is excited about Getting a new dog and they all say They're going to help and what and you Know it just doesn't work out that way Life gets in the way of Perfect Plans Right so you have to sit down at your Dinner table get all your family around And then make uh you know an objective Evaluation of your time your environment And each family member's willingness to Commit to the process of achieving short And long-range goals you got to get that On paper you got to get them to really Commit because every kid in the world Says they'll get up early and walk the Dog every kid in the world says they'll Uh help you obedience train the dog Every kid in the world says they'll help You do your dummy training okay because It looks really fun on YouTube okay but

They're not cold they're not hungry They're not having to miss a football Game they're not having to you know Miss Doing their homework because it's all Fantasy so you said by your in your Kitchen table and you know get with your Wife get with your kids and say look Let's really let's really put a pencil To this how much time per week do we Have to dedicate to this process and That's where you start off in the Acquisition phase of getting a house dog That will go hunting sometimes so I'll Get another dog and we'll talk about the Next part all right so now we'll walk George now so if your first step uh in Terms of acquiring a house dog that goes Hunting sometimes is to sit down with Your family and get an objective Overview of what each family member's Commitment level is to get an objective Uh overview of your access to the proper Environments to do your training and to Also be honest about how much time You're actually going to have this year To go hunting right now the second step Is to start actually researching Breeders okay and here's why I have you Do the first step first is because most Time I mean I see this in my emails all The time most of the time people do do Dog research they kind of see a picture Of a dog or a video of a dog and they Think they like that dog and they start

Asking around they're like let's just Take Labrador Retrievers for example They start asking their friends they're Like you know I want to start waterfowl Hunting where would I get a good or the Best the best Labrador Retriever and so Their friend says well you know I mean I Know I know a breeder and he's got Really good dogs and you're like hey Thanks for the recommendation so you Contact the breeder and you're like hey I heard that you have the best Labrador Retrievers and what's the breeder going To say he's going to say well you dang Right I got the best okay here's the Problem guys The best is a matter of definition right And very often the best dog is not the Right dog I'll let that sink in for a second the Best dog very often is not the right dog So when you here's what I mean you Contact the breeder and you say Hey Listen uh like let's just take George's Breeder so somebody calls George's Breeder and they say Hey listen I you Know I want I want a house dog that goes Hunting sometimes you know would this Dog be a good hunting dog well George's Breeder is probably going to say well Yeah I think he would do great and the Reason the breeder is going to say that Is because breeders are very optimistic People and they see their dogs through

Their own Perspective from their own perspective Right so like to the kind of person that Breeds these English labs they might Look at a dog and so they go and maybe They go on a little hunt and a dog kind Of about halfway fetches and they're Like oh that's so amazing it was so Awesome it was such a great experience I Can't believe the dog did it right and They think it's awesome right But you take another dog Let's see uh hey buddy come here buddy Come on buddy come on come on we'll take Buddy for instance come here buddy now The people that bred buddy they actually Breed hunting dogs right and so like If you contacted the people that bred Buddy and you said hey do you have a Good dog their definition of good dog or A good hunting dog is way different Than the people that bred George the English labrador retriever just Completely different right so each of Them think they have the best dog Because they're judging what constitutes Best from their own personal perspective And when you're talking to them they're Giving you the sales pitch and when I Say they're giving you the sales pitch I Don't mean they're giving you the sales Pitch like they're trying to sell you Something because dog breeders they Always lose money they never make money

Right they're giving you the sales pitch Because they honestly believe what they Have is the best and it's the way the Labrador retriever should be bred every One of them I've never met one that Didn't Okay so You have to when you call somebody not Ask them if they have the best ones or If they have good ones you have to ask Them if they have the type of bloodline That's going to match your short and Long range goals given your time Constraints your access to different Training environments okay and the Commitment level of your family members So That's what you have to get your head Around is that the best is not Necessarily the right one okay so if you Have the time to have a dog that's bred Specifically to do field trial work okay Well then a field trial breeder is going To give you a dog that's best suited for That okay but if you have a dog and you Work a lot and you just want a dog to go To soccer games and hang out and you Contact a field trial breeder and you Ask him if he's got the best but you Don't tell him that you work 60 hours a Week your wife's going to have the dog Most of the time and the dog's going to Be at soccer practice watching a ball Get kicked back and forth but it's not Going to be able to chase It and Fetch

It okay How can how can he tell you that the Dog's going to be a good fit for you all He can tell you is that the dog he has Is the best right if you present the Breeder with a written list That encapsulates your actual daily Routine your weekly routine your your Your environment and all of your Family's commitment level then that Breeder can tell you and it's not going To hurt anybody's feelings because Breeders don't want to place dogs come On buddy breeders don't want to place Dogs with people who uh where the dogs Aren't going to fit The bridge is going to be able to tell You whether or not his dog is the right Dog For that situation okay so that's the Second thing so first thing you're going To make an objective List short and long range goals and then Make sure that we get on paper every Family's members commitment level to Helping achieve the short and long range Goals the second thing is we're going to Talk to breeders and we're going to Provide the Breeders with a written list Of expectations and we're going to ask The Breeders if their dogs fit in with Those type of expectations in those Types of environments we're not going to Ask breeders if they have good dogs or

If they have the best dogs because I Mean that's kind of rude I mean Obviously if they went to the trouble of Breeding the dogs then they think They're pretty good right okay so if We're going to get started off on the Right foot with a breeder and it comes From honest conversations okay so all of This stuff really is built on honesty You need to be honest with yourself you Need to be honest with your family and You need to be honest with your breeder And if you can do that then it's time to Move on to thinking about training a dog All right so now I'm going to walk Rico And out of all the dogs that are here Rico is the one that has the best pet Degree in terms of actually being a Hunting dog okay and when I say being a Hunting dogs I'm saying being a hunting Dog from the perspective of somebody That actually does a lot of hunting and Then during the off season they do a lot Of training also because you know think About this hunting season's pretty short And then the you know kind of the number Of days that you have off that's even a Smaller subset of the hunting season but Training days are all year long so if You like the idea of having a hunting Dog most of the time what you're Actually saying is you like everything That goes along with having a hunting Dog you like the whole training process

You want to buy all the gear and you Want to go out and hang out with your Buddies and you want to do retrieving And you want to do uh like riding on the Four-wheeler and you want to shoot guns You just want to do lots of fun stuff Well come on come on come on if you want To live that lifestyle and you have the Time and you have the proper environment And you have the proper Family Support Then you're probably going to end up With a Labrador that maybe looks a Little bit kind of like well Kind of like this one kind of like he Doesn't look like all the other dogs That are here right when you watch my Channel a lot what do you see you see a Bunch of beautiful like uh like you know Show bread bench bread what they call English Labrador Retrievers and you only See a few of these guys right here and Uh You know what I always say is that Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Right okay the guys that breed dogs like Uh like uh you know Molly right the the beauty is in just The beauty they just want them to look Cute and have a big square head and be Short and blocky and have a thick tail And have an awesome super exuberant uh Attitude the people that breed dogs like Rico they don't care what they look like Not really now I know some of y'all are

Gonna comment and say that's not true But let's just be honest they don't Really care what they look like what do They care they care whether or not the Dogs come out of the litter come on come On Rico wanting to retrieve just that Simple right like you know pretty is as Pretty does and that's uh Ah I get it all the time people say hey Stoney can you point me in the direction Of a dog come on Rico of a dog that's Really pretty and also is a great Retrieving dog and loves Loves to fetch and will work all day no I can't right and what I tell people is That Miss America don't cook eggs Because she don't have to right that's It that's the truth so if you're going To get a dog and you want to really just Train with them all the time all year Long you're going to get one of these Skinny ones right here because they can Just go and go and go they got a motor That doesn't quit right okay now here's The thing whether you get a dog like Rico or you get a dog like Molly or George your initial training kind of Starts out the same way you have to pick A training system and you have to teach Them basic obedience and what do you Need out of a basic obedience program You need dogs that'll come when you call Them and be still when you tell them and Have good manners from your neighbor's

Perspective you need dogs to start Social situations off of being calm Attentive and polite and you need dogs That refrain from Behavior this Danger Destructive route once you get that Though then you start got to start in Adding all the you know the hunting Situation specific socialization right So we just walk the dog and you know my Small challenge of course it's just kind Of a little snapshot of what dogs run Into in the real world but hunting dogs Run into more specific things right so We have to come over here come on we Have to come over here we have to start Introducing boats right okay so if You're gonna you know make time to do Obedience training with your dog And he's going to be a hunting dog then You also have to make time to acclimate Him to boats and we're fixing to go over Here in a second and we're going to Acclimate dogs to ATVs we're in side by Side and trailers and trucks and shotgun Patterning and just you know all the Other stuff that's involved in going Hunting because out of all the time that You spend hunting it's only this much Time everything else is this much just Living with a dog walking them letting Them potty taking them to the vet taking Them to the soccer games right take them Riding in your truck getting all your Decoys together getting your boat

Serviced that's that you're having a Hundog even if you have a hunting dog Most of your life is the same as if you Have a dog that never goes hunting you Just do all the initial training the Same and then you start adding in little Separate things which is what we're Going to do right now okay so here in a Second we're going to go work on getting On the ATV and getting into side by side And acclimating the dogs to being on the Trailer while we load the equipment and All that stuff but before we go down There Um I want to kind of talk about what We're going to be talking about in a Future video is Like if we you know people make like Things real complicated right but Ultimately if you have a dog and like They'll just pick things up and hand Them to you like this is something that You can practice all the time around Your house just dogs picking things up And handing them to you you know and if You kind of start putting this into your Daily routine with your house dog that Goes hunting sometimes then it goes a Long way towards whatever formal Training you're going to do and when You're actually at your uh you know your Training spot or or or you know you're Out doing your training exercises okay So the main thing is you want to

Incorporate your training uh in all Aspects of your life now I'm out here Working dogs so while I'm working dogs These guys have to kind of sit over here And wait patiently okay now I could have Had them put up in a pen but then they Wouldn't have been learning anything so Always here we work from boring to more Fun and so these guys had to come out And they had to do something really Boring which was set on these tires While I talked to you guys and work These young dogs and then they have to Like show me that they're willing to Pick something up and hand it to me or Take something if I hand it to them Right now after doing all that boring Stuff then we can let them up and they Can go do what they want to do and about Probably just kind of go uh smelling Around because I have a you know I have A female in heat here right now and then Whenever I break out the retrieving Items they'll show back up okay but That's just a little side note to let You know that all the time your training Should be going on so whenever you're Doing your work whatever kind of work You're doing integrate your dogs into Those activities and that's going to Really go a long way towards those times When you're in the blind or you're in The pit and you're talking to your Buddies or you're having to go back to

The truck for something or you're having To pull with the decoys and the dogs Being able to wait patiently all right So okay guys Uh so now we'll go down here and we'll Start seeing what George is doing and Then we'll work on getting on the side By side in the ATV All right so now as we uh head over here To see what George is doing Again we're getting you know we're Trying to stick with this concept of uh Total integration right okay uh George Has to do some shotgun patterning and so He's over here putting targets up on a Target stand He has his shotgun out and I come out Here and I look and see what he's doing Okay George that's good Mm-hmm I come out and see what George is doing And he's got a couple of squirrel uh Targets up here and he's got a coyote Target okay and so that kind of lets me Know what he's planning on doing over The course next few weeks killing Squirrels and coyotes I guess right so I Come out here by my target stand I have My air rifle now this is what you can do Right in your yard okay I know you can't Shoot shotguns and rifles in your yard You can shoot a pellet gun I'm sure Right so you come out you set you some Targets up and you use your pellet rifle

Okay now that doesn't sound exactly look Can you see on camera man look that Doesn't sound exactly like uh you know Exactly like a shotgun but the concept Is right you know this this thing is out From the dog's perspective and when this Thing makes noise Things fall out of the sky and they need To look for it all right so like it's Really a pretty simple concept Always always always try to multitask Multitasking is the key to successful Training right so George we're back on Up there so George is out here he's Putting up his targets and uh so I come Out here I walk over here I shoot the Pellet rifle the older dogs get excited And run around and so the younger dogs Are like well I don't know what that is But it must be cool because everybody's Excited right so then we're gonna go up Here and we'll train them a little bit And then we'll make them stay and we'll Make them stay I'll let George patter in The shotgun so that we're getting noise Desensitization out of the way we're Getting Shotgun patterning out of the way right And we're creating a pattern whereby the Dogs understand that even in super Exciting situations they have to learn To be calm attentive and polite if they Want to tag along Okay so now we're going to talk about

The specifics of acclimating your dog to The activities surrounding hunting and I Keep kind of coming back to that point Of acclimation desensitization proper Early training and the reason I do is Because the one thing all hunting Experiences all hunting trips have in Common is that they don't last long Enough okay you spend all year preparing But the actual hunting trip is over Before you know it and you don't want The dogs to do anything that gets in the Way of enjoying that hunting trip for Yourself or anyone else so what do we Know is going to be involved in almost Every hunting trip well you're going to Have to get all your gear you're going To have to be able to load and unload The truck you're going to be you know Most people have four wheelers and side By sides and boats and you're going to Be attaching them and and and Unattaching them from the truck okay You're gonna be loading your four Wheeler you're gonna be unloading your Four wheeler they're gonna be loading Your side by side unloading your side by Side and so the dogs need to be familiar With all of that activity all the noises All the surfaces okay you need to be Like this is pretty noisy let me try not To drop that on of course they would all Walk under there right but I've seen Many a dog that had a good stay and when

Somebody dropped the the uh the loading Gate on their trailer break a stay and All of a sudden run 20 yards you know Well if somebody else is over there and They're loading their side by side and Your dog runs and gets in their way well Something bad happens so we have to Acclimate them to that and you notice Buddy was on there and I dropped it Right I'm like hey dude think about Where you're going you know I try to Give them these little lessons every day I try to let them understand that the World is not perfectly safe big mistake That you make raising a dog is you make Everything a little too safe for them When they're young and so they never Feel the urge to like judge the you know The like the the safety of their actions Same thing kind of happens with kidnap Kids nowadays all right so So everybody's got a side by side right Okay now if you haven't practiced Getting on the side by side well then You're going to run into trouble come on Look so what I like to do is I like to Have Mentor dogs uh you know so they can Get up here and get on the side by side Unless the other dogs know that like Getting on the side by side is probably A good thing so look I got a dog and She's obviously wanting to get up on the Side by side and George wants to get up There but they're not sure exactly how

To do it so what do I do first things I Put the mentor dog up there that lets The dogs know that it's a cool place to Be and they would like to kind of do it With them and then I start in like Helping them learn to get on the side by Side so maybe I'll get on the side by Side maybe come to the other side and What am I going to do here now me Personally I I'm a big food work guy so I like to take it slow and just kind of Give them a little bit of food for Making big efforts and we'll see here in A second if maybe one or two of those Dogs don't jump up If that's not working look see that Doesn't seem to be working then I will Come over here and I'll give them a Little bit more help all right you can Oh you can go on nerd Now this dog says hey I know there's Treats coming in place so I'll take my Treat help the dog up here a little bit And I just start lifting Now the key with these kind of things Right here guys is you help a little bit Less every day And after a while you know like the dog Will come over here and she won't need Any help at all and you think well I'm Done no you are not done don't go out in Your garage and get your dog to get on Your four-wheeler and think that you're Done once you get them to where they'll

Get on there then you got to start Turning it on And as soon as you turn it on and it Starts vibrating and making a lot of Noxious odors then the dog is going to Get a little bit scared don't judge the Dog right don't freak out like if your Dog's a little bit afraid of noise a Little bit afraid of vibration we want To find out about that at a young age we Don't want to find out about that on our Hunting trip okay so we'll come over Here and we turn the four-wheeler on we Let it idle We let it rev up a little bit And you can see as it revs up uh it Makes more vibration it makes more odor Then the dog gets a little bit more Nervous okay Here's the key Rome was not built in a Day you do not have to completely Desensitize your puppy to being on the Four-wheeler in one day so we just put Them up there we do a little bit every Day so first day I work on getting them Up there maybe it takes two or three Days and then I start turning it on I Let the four-wheeler uh you know idle And then I start to rev it up and then a Few days later we'll uh you know I'll Have somebody walk beside me and we'll Kind of acclimate the dog to being on The four-wheeler while it's moving and Then next thing you know like they're

Off to the Races you can't get them off The four-wheeler at that point okay one Of the things you'll find frustrating Okay how about is that dogs don't Generalize very well and so you can be Working on your boat at home or your Your four-wheeler at home or your side By side at home and you show up at the Hunting spot and the dog looks at their Boat or their side by side or their Four-wheeler like they've never seen it Before they're like what in the world do I do so like you want to practice all This stuff a lot at home and help your Dogs develop the ability to recognize Patterns and then still when you go to a New spot take five minutes and remind Them of what they're supposed to do all Right so Rico has been getting on the Four-wheeler for quite a while and I've Still got to come over here and tell him That getting in the side by side okay is Something that I need to happen but Since it's not built exactly like the Four-wheeler uh you see he's struggling With it a little bit right and so I just Have to show him Hey listen we get in The we get in the side by side the same Way that we get on the four-wheeler now Over time what will happen again I just Say this all the time with the dog Training is that once the dog's getting A habit of doing things the Habit itself Is self-reinforcing but in the beginning

Stages in the beginning stages like you Have a dog like Rico and you'll be Having a great training day with them I Mean he's young but you would be having A great training day with him and I'll Just switch four-wheelers you know I Have a Rubicon and I have a Rancher and I ride the Rancher most mostly and like I just switched four-wheelers and I'll Be like hey hop on and he'll be like Dude what are you talking about I don't Even know what that is and I'm like it's Exactly this same thing as the other Four-wheeler he goes no it looks way Different to me so take you a few Minutes all right whenever you get to a New spot and remind your dog that like There are patterns in life and that he Needs to start to look for patterns Because it's not going to occur to him On his own most likely and that's super Important so like all the stuff that We're doing in terms of this pattern Training in terms of this situational Recognition Okay it's stuff that you do All year long and you don't have to make A concentrated effort to do it it's just You integrate your dog into your life And you do go through all the rituals of Actual hunting season and by the time Hunting season rolls around your dog Understands its place in relation to These rituals you get your shotgun you Get your gear the dog's got to wait

Patiently while you load the truck then Dogs got to get in the truck and wait Patiently until you get to the spot that You're going to get all your gear out They have to wait patiently while you Get all your gear out and after all that Waiting patiently they finally get to do A little bit of retrieving okay and just People get that backwards they get their A cart before their horse and they think About the retrieving right like that Like that's where their problems are That's where their energy should focus Right and and they're just creating Problems for themselves because what Gets in the way of good retrieving is Improper situational preparation okay so This was just a little uh just just kind Of a little overview of uh you know what We do before we head out we do the dummy Launcher work or we get in a boat an Actual River or the the ponds you know If we got to go through all this and we Do it all here at the kennel so that the Dogs have an easier time acclimating When we're out in the field but they Still even after all this they still Need the first few minutes of every Adventure to be reminded of what we're Working on and that's probably holds True until they're like somewhere Between a year and two years old so be Super patient and teach your dog these Patterns and rituals and you're going to

Be better off and the dog's gonna be Better off okay now after all that Talking we're finally going to get to The fun stuff of training related to Having a house dog that goes hunting Sometimes and that's the fetching right I mean fetching is like what everybody Wants you know I have to go through all That other stuff guys because like you All think you want a dog that fetches All the time until you actually have a Dog that fetches all the time and you Don't have the time to fool with them And when you have a dog that loves to Retrieve and you don't give them enough Exercise you don't give enough Opportunities to retrieve they just end Up being frustrated and destructive and Aggravating and causes trouble and then You have to end up paying some guy like Me a lot of money to try to help you fit A square peg into a round hole okay so But if you did the stuff I told you to Do up to this point then you're not Going to have that problem you might not Have a dog that fetches perfectly but You're going to have it all gets it's Awesome and that you love it and you can Take hunting and you have a good time And still it's going to look good to put On Instagram and Tick Tock right all Right so now this is the part everybody Wants to get to is the fetching now what You'll notice is in my pocket I don't

Have retrieving dummies Now You See Me Use dummies a lot we're fixing to walk Over to the field and use and and do a Little bit of dummy training but I Started off my retrieving with these Little dumbbells like this because I Kind of want to get the dogs in the Habit of just picking up something and Handing it to me and I don't want the Thing that they're picking up and Handing to me necessarily to be super Fun right because I need them to Understand that sometimes they're going To have to do it even when like it's not The most fun okay and that's the key Always with dog training you got to stop Just chasing motivation and you got to Get to the point where you've developed Habit and you and the dog both have good Work ethic so right there that dog got a Little bored he's like we're never we're Never doing anything fun come on Rico You can do it And what he did was he ran over there With George and he went to where the Dummy launcher bucket is come on Rico You can do it he went to where the dummy Launcher is because the Chase and dummy Launcher is a lot of fun okay but this Is what I need him to focus on right now Is I need him to focus on just picking Something up and handing it to me Politely This is what's known as an inductive

Retrieve and it works perfectly with Dogs that have been bred specifically To deliver it a hand okay this what I'm Showing you I used to put it in my Online courses and I've kind of taken it Out because so few dogs nowadays are Bred to naturally delivered a hand if You have a dog if you did the right Research and you have the right dog okay Then you're going to end up with a dog That you can just sit around with okay And play these little games all day long And it's not even going to matter where You are we have a fun little drill that We call the chair drill I'm gonna show You to show that to you right now Big problem that people run into I'll go Over there Cameron big problem that People run into when they're trained in Fetch is the person gets too vested in The retrieving uh Because they don't have a lot of Experience and they think they're Retrieving should always look like it Looks on YouTube for professional dog Trainers guys professional dog trainers Pick dogs that make them look good I'm Going to sit here and do this exercise With this dog guess why because this dog Makes me look good and I used to get a Lot of dogs that like to fetch and so For a long time for a lot of years I Would put this kind of training in my Online course

But then like I just I would get people And they would be trying this method With dogs that weren't bred correctly And it only led to frustration for the Dog and frustration for the Handler and That's when I really started going deep Into making sure that people picked up The right to pick the right dog okay That's really the key this exercise I'm Showing you it's only for you guys who Like made an objective evaluation of Your lifestyle and decided that you Could buy and train a dog that comes From a long line of really really good Retrievers who naturally delivered to Hand and that's very important that you Talk to your breeder about that because There's lots of good dogs in the world That are great retrievers but they don't Naturally deliver to hand with a soft Mouth there's only a few breeders out There that produce that kind of dog and That's the only kind of dog that is Really going to be a candidate for this Type of inductive retrieve now you might See people like doing an inductive Retrieve And they'll tell you it's going to work But notice that those people are always Doing that inductive retrieve like in an Apartment or in a training facility That's completely devoid of distractions They're not doing it out where there's Lots of people around lots of noises

Lots of other dogs things like that okay If you got the right dog though this is An awesome method now the reason I like This method is if you'll you'll notice That sometimes this dog like picks the The dumbbell up Like by the the sides well that's Naturally uncomfortable for the dog so Over the course of time he's going to Develop a tendency towards picking the Dumbbell up in the middle and Distributing that weight equally in the Most comfortable Manner and so it's Self-correcting to start your retrieving Off with a dumbbell Very nice I don't know if you can see That where you're let me let me turn it Around a little bit cameraman see if we Can see it a little better maybe you Could get like right back here somewhere Get back here so you can see us see us See his mouth right so watch I'm gonna Throw the dumbbell and what I'd like to Have happen is for him to pick the Dumbbell up in the middle and bring it To me And hold it Politely okay and then what I do is I Like to give them a treat and and that's Called an inductive retrieve because Like The dog is doing it all of his own he's Driving this activity right so I do it With the food work in the beginning

So that I can work on the Precision of The delivery so I'll usually kind of Click him here and then I'll pay him I'll take my hand back this way and I'll Pay them on this side so just kind of as A result of doing this exercise the dogs Get to where they pick things up and They carry them in the middle well Balanced they don't chew on them and Then since they're going to get paid Over there on my left side they kind of Just go over there and get on my left Side so I'm going to do say three Repetitions here where I kind of stay Focused on the dog oh my gosh a very Good dog oh my gosh fetch Very nice dog you're a good dog that's One okay so I'll bring him over here Kind of get him to sit down a little bit Now I'm gonna place that down there Oh my gosh you're a very nice dog here's Two Very nice that time I did it without the Clicker because I know a lot of you Don't like the clicker I'll do it one More time without the clicker Now see so he noses it around nope That's not that's gonna work oh my gosh You're a very good dog oh you're a very Good dog you're a very good dog Very nice okay now The inductive retrieve it goes a long Way towards drawing your dog's attention To the fact that sometimes they're just

Going to have to fetch something that it Wasn't super exciting and maybe you're Not uh like uh Uh maybe maybe you know maybe you're not Super engaged at that moment okay but it Leads to More fun and this is what's called a Trade-up retrieve okay so we're going to Take our dumbbells we're going to trade One for one now you would want to do This in a separate session because you Want to keep your retrieving sessions Pretty short three to five repetitions In the in the formative training time I'm gonna do it with this dog a little Bit more just because I need to make This video so I'm gonna throw one he's Gonna go get it just just back up there Cameraman I'll throw it to you so you're Not trying to get all over the place Very nice okay as soon as he brings me The first one then I throw the second One oh it's a very good dog and I stay Engaged with the dog very nice now throw The second one Very nice so in both cases the dog is Driving the results Does that make sense this is a little Bit more fun for the dog because he's Driving fun results in the in the case Of me trading him the retrieving for Food well like he likes food it's pretty Interesting to him uh and he'll take it But it's a little bit boring but what do

We work on we always work on boring too Exciting so we start off our sessions With a little bit of inductive retrieve And then throughout the day we mix in Versions of trade-up exercises where we Dog delivers one and we throw one Liver's one and we throw one but in both Cases we try to keep our rep schedule Pretty low so high set volume low Repetition volume and it works really Great to keep your mind fresh and it Keeps you from getting frustrated but More importantly it keeps the dog from Getting frustrated and you always leave Them wanting more so they're always Looking forward to the next retrieving Opportunity okay guys now we're going to Talk about where the inductive retrieve Really starts to pay off now first Things first while you were sitting in a Chair is so that you'd be a little bit Less than posing to your dog big mistake Everybody makes with a young dog it kind Of likes to retrieve they throw Something tap into the dog's natural Desire to Chase and bite and play but Then on the way back the person starts Getting real bossy and grabby like as The dog's moving towards them they're Reaching telling them let it go out drop It and it just makes the game not fun by Sitting in the chair you're a lot less Imposing and more inviting to your dog And the dog gets to drive the game and

That autonomy makes them want to keep Playing let's go but once you start to Get them to where they will like pick Things up off the ground and hand it to You then you're you're really Off to the Races because you can integrate a lot of Retrieving drills into all your daily Activities so like we're coming up Through here I just dropped my Retrieving item Oh my gosh what a good dog he's a very Good dog and so I'm out on my walk and I'm just periodically Dropping my retrieving item and the dog Picks it up and hands it to me and it Works out awesome Very nice he's a very good dog he's a Smart dog okay and that begins the you Know what we call like a walking fetch I Can just walk around and have the dog Pick things up and hand it to me very Nice and that's where I start to be able To get the ability to tell him to go Look for something and pick it up and Bring it back and hand it to me okay so We'll walk Rico over here and I'll Switch them out okay with my dog and I'll show you what it looks like after Just a you know after well after a few Months I guess very nice but every flat Surface I come to I'm just going to put His retrieving item down there and then I'm gonna Um

Then I'm gonna like tell him that's Awesome that he's handing it to me very Nice and this comes directly out of the Chair drill oh very nice Rico you're a Very good dog now again let me let me Just be honest with you this doesn't Work like if you don't have a dog that's Bred to retrieve like that okay but if You do have a dog that's bred to Retrieve like that okay no name Like say my dog no name like you know He'll run over here and he'll pretty Much just do anything for a chance to Retrieve so let me show you what I'm Talking about No name listen he could care less about Retrieving this uh dumbbell right I mean This is probably about as low on his List of priorities uh for retrieving as I can find but since he knows that like We have to do the boring stuff before The exciting stuff I can tell him I can Call him over to me and I can say hey Lou come over here and hold this Retrieving item in your mouth and let's Walk around this course and he says oh Are you kidding the boss I really have To do that but he'll do it and he'll do It with pretty much 100 reliability I Mean not a hundred percent but pretty Dang good and it doesn't come from me Really like forcing them to do it it Just comes from us having a long history Of the dog like

Having to do the boring stuff before the Exciting stuff I'm telling you guys that Inductive retrieve it's a slow process But when you get done with it it's very Rewarding to know that you took the long Scenic approach and you accomplished the Building of a reliable retriever simply Through repetition and effort and you Know like mind power you know like not a Lot of force in it but really it's not Any force in it you know it's just a Whole bunch of putting dogs in Situations where you kind of gradually Expect a little bit more out of them Okay it really is just about that simple And so look No name does that and he does every bit Of it just because he knows that at some Point we'll be done with the boring Stuff okay And he'll go get to do the exciting Stuff right and I I know I know that's Kind of like you're like Stoney come on Does that really work yeah I mean it Really does work if you don't believe me Then like you can go back to the videos Where I was trained in no name when he Was a puppy and you can watch me go Through this whole process with the Clicker and the targeting stick and Sitting around in chairs and having him Pick things up okay and this is where it Ends up guys but now again I'm not Trying to sell you anything because I

Don't sell it anymore because it only Works for who it works for and that's Only dogs that are bred to deliver to Hand naturally okay now we're gonna go Out in the field and we're going to work On desensitizing Rico to a gunfire and Teaching him the basic elements of how a Retriever launcher works and we're going To give my old dog Henry a few Repetitions because uh even though he's A little bit older he still likes to get Out and fetch right it's like the Toby Keith song you know he's not as good as He once was but he's good once as he Ever was well uh he's a good old man and He's a good fetcher he just can't let Him it's too much because he just gets Too tired so what do I need especially That first year of my dog training I Need my dog to be like calm attentive And polite when it's time to be Competent and polite I need him to be Energetic when it's time to be energetic But mostly guys I need the dog to Understand the context of the situation We're in as far as what I'm actually Going to tell the dog what do I really Need to tell them I need to be able to Tell them to come and I need to be able To tell them to stay I might need to be Able to tell them to go over that way a Little bit or over that way a little bit Or back that way a little bit but for The most part what I want out of a good

Hunting dog is just for the dog to get In a truck and get out of the truck like I got some sense you know they just need To follow me around and look at the you Know totality of the situation and make Decisions that are appropriate to what's Going on at the time okay so I want you To keep your training super simple now When you go out and you're going to work On your retrieving one of the first Things you want to work on is is develop And retrieving drive and you want to Separately develop good obedience then You start putting them together and it's Going to kind of start to look like this You're going to call the dog you want Your dog to come I like them to get in a Service heel position and then wait Politely right and then they're going to Have to wait in order to engage in the Retrieving I want you to understand though that we Need to get the dogs where they retrieve Really well and we need them get them Where they have good obedience before we Start combining the two but once those Things start to converge it's going to Kind of look something like this okay no Name You should be able to call the dog and The dog should happily run over here and Get in the service heel position okay That lets you know that he's like hey I'm with you boss and I'm going to come

Over here I'm going to wait until some Birds start falling and then I'm going To start going and getting them okay now You need to be able to take your Retrieving item and you need to be able To have your dog stay there And then go get it and hand it to you When you ask them to okay You do not have to practice this Particular aspect of training very often When the dogs are young okay just focus On your retrieving drive you want to Have a lot of them a lot of vigor you Want to be really happy about retrieving You want them to understand the context Of the situations and then separately You want to have really good obedience And once you have all the drive that you Want and all the obedience that you want Then you can put them together like this Okay but another big mistake that I see With people that try to raise house dogs That goes hunting sometimes is they work On their household obedience and it gets Pretty good then they go out to do a Hunting dog or retrieving exercise and They TR they expect for the dog to mind In that new novel situation with the Same level of speed and precision that It does its obedience at home and I Think that's unreasonable and it sets You up to have a lot of bad training Experiences then you get stressed and When you get stressed the dog gets

Stressed and all that so I know that It's fun to watch retrieving videos Where people you know like send dogs out And the dog comes back and jumps into Service heel position but trust me if You just spend one year Guaranteeing that your dog has awesome Retrieving drive and awesome retrieving Obedience in the different uh I mean Awesome obedience in the different Scenarios then at the one year mark you Can really put those things together and You're going to have just about the Perfect uh you know rough shooting dog And that allows you to spend all the Next few years a hundred percent of your Time on refining whatever specific cued Behavior like like you know directional Commands that you want so knock your Basics out get them a hundred percent And then move on to the next thing okay So about where you need to be is the Exercise that I'm going to show you next At the one year mark No no They're good dog You're a fine animal Very good dog Very nice Good boy okay now listen guys if you Have that right then I mean you're Off To the Races because everybody in your Family can sit around and just kind of Throw the dummy for the dog and have a

Good time everybody in your family can Walk your dog on a leash you can take The dog to the soccer games you can do Everything else but when it's time to Perform then you know that you can go Out into the field don't heal Tell your dog to heal to jump into Service heel position he'll wait uh Patiently right you have a good Attention span you have good impulse Control and you'll get one good single Solid retrieve that allows you to end All your sessions on a high note and Then like I said you have the whole rest Of the dog's life to work on whatever it Is that you want in terms of fine cue Discrimination with directional commands Or uh you know uh blind retrieves or Multiple retrieves or whatever you want Okay so set your goals uh reasonably Right and then Just keep putting in work till you Achieve each level of goals and then you Have all your extra time to focus on Achieving that next level of goals right It's that simple all right I'm going to Give Henry uh one retrieve and then We'll call it a day All right so to end the video I thought I would give my old dog Henry a nice Retrieve and so I called him over here And listen Henry's been doing this kind Of stuff for a lot of years I mean he's Really gave me a a lot of Joy over the

Course of life you can go back and watch Him in other YouTube videos and he was Really just the master of jumping right In the heel position and making me look Like I knew what I was doing okay but The reality is as Henry has gotten older He has decided that only some of those Rules apply to him anymore okay now Remember earlier in the video I said That happiness with a dog comes from met Expectations okay now this dog's been a Great dog and he has met my expectations Over the whole course of his life but at This age he wants me to meet his Expectations a little bit so I called Him and I said hey Henry come over here So he come over here and shot right past Me and planted himself right there now He knows he's supposed to come over here And heal on my left side okay but what He is saying to me is the only I've done That enough for you right you've got to Meet me in the middle I'll get into Position I want to get in and then you Go ahead and turn so we can start this Series and I can have a good time today And like look he's put in a lot of work For me and so what am I going to do you Know I love the old dog and so if he Wants to have his way a little bit who Am I to stand in his way Henry So I let him run up there and I let him Get that retrieving item and what is he

Supposed to do he's supposed to run back Here and bring that retrieving item Right to this side and wait patiently to Deliver it to hand do you know what he's Going to do though he's going to go get That and he's going to come about right There and he's going to turn around Backwards right And he's going to say Stoney if you want This thing delivered to your hand then You better turn around and bring your Hand to me so we can do this one more Time and so you know who am I to argue Like he's an awesome dog and uh like if I have to meet him in the middle at this Age I'll meet him in the middle because My only expectations for Henry is for Him to come out here and for us to bring A little bit of enjoyment to each Other's day all right I'll see you guys Next week