I don't think I could teach my lab not to fetch if I tried, and while he's at home in a duck blind he won't walk anywhere but right behind me in the woods until I shoot something. And Im talking so close I will kick him in the chin about every fifth step I take. I don't know why he does this, and stopped trying to get him to work a long time ago.
I have the opposite problem with my brittany. Toby works the field great, follows commands and points. When I shoot a bird he will locate it. If its alive and flopping about he will pick it up and bring it back. If the bird is lifeless when he locates it he will sniff it and mouth it and lose interest in it and move on to find the next bird once I walk up to it.
My question is, how can I train him effectively to fetch to hand without force retrieve training him? I don't want to do that in fear of screwing him up by doing it incorrectly. Anyone have any tips? Thanks.