sporting & Gun Dogs
Retrievers, Setters, Pointers, & Spaniels
Start early training with retrieving a cylindrical shape toy. The cylindrical shaped toy will stay in place when thrown and it encourages a better holding and release behavior when asked. Since retrieving contains an element of chasing which most dogs love to do, we will not want to strengthen this behavior without putting some controls on this behavior. We want to make chasing permission based, and add brakes on the behavior by teaching the puppy to come back to us even when he is chasing something. Ideally we want to teach this by 16-weeks.
To learn how to train guarding breeds get a copy of "The Dog Vinci Code" and follow the guidance in Chapter 9, "Training Specific Breeds", "Gun Dogs".