I guess the real question I have is about how to approach the force fetching scenario. Ranger (9m/o yellow lab) sometimes holds the bumper for me but more often than not he'll drop it a few feet away from me. SO, as a new dog owner where do I begin. The "water dog dvd" my buddy loaned me said to use the table training method and an ear pinch or toe hitch to condition the response. We have been making progress, he's doing short saltwater retrieves, but rarely comes straight back to me, he'll come ashore to the side of me and then come around behind me and drop the object a few feet out. So...could one of you pros give a newbie a basic lesson in force fetching???? Any help would be appreciated.
Also what's a guy to do about digging holes and foraging??? The foraging thing kills me because he usually ends up puucking up. i have noticed he's been foraging more as its been nicer and more spring like out.(atleast in juneau)