Here’s a tip for a lot of you guys getting your first Boykin pup. I like to play word association games with my pups with Sit, Here, and Fetch.
With sit I repeat the command over and over while the pup is in the sitting position, I want him associating that word with his body posture. With here I start it by saying it to the pup while he is already headed to me, once again associating the command with an action the pup is already doing. Now on to fetch, and this is important, i train all of my dogs based on the promise they get to play the “GAME”. That game is just a game of keep away, I start every session with that game and end it with that game. I didn’t make it up I got it from Bill Hillman, when playing the game I of course allow the pup to get the bumper, as soon as he grabs it I say fetch, every time. Once again word association. So now when I start formal force fetch with my pup it is so much easier to get it done in a fast manner because I have laid the foundation of what fetch means, now instead of learning what fetch means and how to turn off pressure at the same time all he has to focus on is turning off the pressure.
This is blue day one of formal FF. #blue #boykinspaniel #training #loveyourjob #waggingtail #puppy #retriever #duckdog