What's the least amount of training required for a retriever? Kind of a weird question and maybe requires a case by case answer. I have been training my lab pup. He is 7 months old. He seems very smart, eager to please and a ton of drive. My one complaint is he seems to be a bit mouthy. But I think I'm getting it dialed down. I think,,,. He is also a soft dog. He responds well to praise. Better so though than negative reinforcement.
We recently went through force fetch. He hated it of course and I think it set us back in training. He went from never having associated me with anything unpleasant to now he has.. I regret that.
Anyway, I'm watching all these training videos and its piles and piles of drills. How much is really necessary? I just want my dog to get me grouse or ducks. I don't care if he cheats the shoreline, Or a deliver to hand. At my feet is just fine. For 10 months of the year I really just want a buddy.
I'm really more concerned about him having good camp/blind/boat manners. And I want him to hold still.
I've seen some videos where dogs went out and got ducks, with just minimal playing fetch in the yard