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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    Thanks for the tip! I actually did this while we were practicing with the live birds and you are right, it worked. I agree that sometimes dogs get a bit confused when people are always barking commands.
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    Thanks all for your ideas and input. I really appreciate it. I don't pretend to know much about training bird dogs so I appreciate hearing everyone's inputs. Just to give an update: Today we went and bought some pheasants, chukars, and quail at a nearby bird place since I had the afternoon off...
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    Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

    I drove by on highway 34, didn't go up to 212, but they still had checkpoints about 2 weeks ago so you couldn't get onto tribal land.
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    You don't sound like an ass at all, I appreciate the advice and feedback, that's why I posted. Thank you!
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    Thanks for your advice! I totally understand what you are saying and I have been looking around trying to find some pigeons or chukars to buy. I will keep looking. We have taught the command to retrieve and we use it every day so I know she understands it, but you are right that we did not use...
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    Thank you! I really appreciate the help. I will reach out.
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    This was her first time ever experiencing grouse. She has absolutely no issues with shotgun fire. We introduced gunfire slowly and she has done great with that. I think you are right that she just needs more experience to get more comfortable. I agree, I did not praise her if she did not...
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    She has not been force fetched or collar conditioned. She's never picked up a duck because I don't hunt them. She's had no problem with the pheasant she retrieved last year and the pheasant wings she has been trained with. I'm considering purchasing some pigeons or chukars locally and trying...
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    Thanks! hopefully it is just temporary.
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    1.5 YO Pup Will fetch pheasants but not grouse... ideas? Maybe afraid of feathers?

    I have an 18 month old golden retriever female who has run into an issue. She hunted last year (we are in SD) and she retrieved her first pheasant fine. Due to scheduling conflicts and school, we didn't get to shoot another one last year. This year, we hunted grouse in MT a week ago and she had...
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    Hello from Sioux Falls, SD

    I am originally from Central SD and now living in Sioux Falls finishing up some advanced schooling. I have a 10 month old golden retriever who is trying to get the whole pheasant hunting thing figured out. We are both trying to find some birds near SF. Looking forward to being a part of this...
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