Too much training and fun? Hyper-vigilant and jumpy

gun dog Labrador Cocker mixTen months of age, Gonzo goes to gun dog training classes. His lady owners work hard on his training every day. They are very diligent.

Before work, the day begins with some fun play and then a training session. When they take him out for a walk, they treat it as a training opportunity.

They have done such a brilliant job with their Labrador-Cocker Spaniel’s training. They did all the right things when he was a puppy to make him bomb-proof and socialised. They do their very best by him in every way they know.

The couple work all day but wouldn’t have taken him on without making excellent provision for him. Even so, they feel guilty at leaving him. A dog walker picks him up for two hour-long walks each day where he gets to run with a couple of other dogs. (more…)

Gun dog. Easing off the training, giving him choices.

Gun dog Black Lab Bentley is extremely well-behaved and polite, an absolute delight.

The young dog seems, however, careful. He follows anyone who gets up to walk about, looking worried. He can be jumpy. 

Gun dog training

gun dogHis young lady owner is very conscientious indeed. She is keen to make a good gun dog out of him and is very disciplined with the training. Each family member helps her by walking him and they are well-trained too – very keen to help. All walks include training sessions.

The girl voiced concern that if she follows my behaviour route, Bentley’s training may go downhill.  I suspect that easing right back on the gun dog training and giving Bentley more choice will instead enhance their training sessions.

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