I have 2 female Golden retrievers. One is 3, the other is 8 months. I know that the optimal time to begin training is at a very young age. The 3 year old has excellent retrieving skills, even in water (a little lacking on the obedience end though). I'm wondering if I could train either of these for use on ducks and possibly pheasant and quail. What are some good training books and or websites? Thanks.
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February 10, 2005, 09:52 AM
The dogs aren't too old to train. And females learn faster. The retriever instinct is perhaps the easiest to hone and if they're already showing that ability, you're ahead of the game.
The books that come to mind are "Speed Train Your Bird Dog", "Water Dog"...if I can think of any others, I'll post later.
Good luck, it will be frustrating at first, but rewarding in the end.
February 10, 2005, 12:09 PM
I have a 7-year old, 115-lb, hunk of lard, yellow labrador - i guess we have to do weight management first before i could train him eh?