You can't start young enough!

A well trained dog is of immeasurable value in the family but also as assistance to the shooting man or woman. The financial investment in a (gun)dog is considerable when one considers that there is not only the outlay for a puppy from proven working stock; the dog will cost a lot of money to maintain during a normal canine lifetime. For this reason, if for no other, the owner should begin with a firm commitment to maximise the return on his investment by training his dog to a high standard. 

I practice obedience training at home, and keep all retrieving to a minimum so that Yentl remains enthused. Two short sessions are better than one long one to keep Yentl learning and interested.

I have started training Yentl. The first session is usually a bit bewildering for both owner and pup.

All pups must be kept on a lead unless instructed otherwise. I start with the basic obedience commands: heel, sit, stay, and come.

Most pups would prefer to play, but soon begin to adapt to training. Since their interest-span is short, so are the sessions five to ten minutes per day . 
Today the weather was warm, her schooling is moved to the water. As you can see from the photograph she is teased into grabbing a little orange dummy. To accustom Yenlt to decoys, I threw the orange dummy on land, and just in front of her. Yentl has to run through them to retrieve it. After this I did one step in the water with the dummy in my hand. Yentl follows carefully.As soon as she makes a grab for it, I toss it a short distance and encourage Yentl to return it by moving away from her, so she chases after me.


 Getting used to water

 Old Averest Pleasure's Yentl