The Novice Dog

Reluctant Retriever

11 Steps Easy

Masterclass Details

Reluctant Retrieving manifests itself in various ways, and, is one of the most common problems I see. I regularly work with dogs who have various retrieving problems. There are several causes ranging from too much retrieving too young, formalising the retrieve too early, telling dogs off for picking things up around the house, and, sadly sometimes, too harsh handling.

This subject is very close to my heart as I see many dogs who appear to have little to no desire to retrieve. It’s quite a common problem. I have many dogs come to us for training who other trainers have turned away or deemed “no good”. Unfortunately, this problem can cause dogs to be over looked or moved on in the competition world. So, over the last few years working with reluctant retrievers or dogs lacking drive and enthusiasm has become a passion.

Course Structure

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Masterclass - Introduction

  • Introduction 
  • What Is A Reluctant Retriever
  • Reluctant Retrievers Can Happen To Anyone 
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Step 2 - Retrieving with Puppies

  • Starting a puppy off right
  • Take a break and reset
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Step 3 - Developing Recall

  • Recall into 'present' without dummy
  • Developing the 'present' position without the dummy 
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Step 4 - Breeds and Retrieving Limits

  • Breeds and retrieving
  • Know your dogs retrieving limit
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Step 5 - Delivery Aides

  • Reluctant Retriever Example
  • Using food and retrieving
  • Retrieving Aids
  • Canvas or Feather& Fur
  • Guided learning for dogs who need help understanding
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Step 6 - Getting The Delivery

  • Getting THE delivery
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Step 7 - Recap

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Certificate of Achievement