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Natural Retriever

   The natural ability of retrieving is an valuable trait for a versatile gun dog. When you hunt upland birds it's nice to have a dog that will find and bring back downed game but the finding is the critical part. When you hunt waterfowl the retrieve becomes a critical part also unless you enjoy a morning swim in a cold pond.

   There is a certain drive a dog has when it loves retrieving. There is a look of determination in them. Dogs that go all in on the Retrieve just as much as finding a bird.
   Working on bring out retrieving in a dog is something that could be worked on more. Most times people training there pointing dogs on their own don't work on retrieving enough. Staying focused on the bird work, pointing, and basic commands leaving the retrieve on the back burner.
 
When a dog shows the natural ability to retrieve it is important to build off of it. Work the dog a few nights a week on retrieving but don't over do it and let the dog get burnt out. Another thing to do is switch what the dog is retrieving from bumpers to birds keep it excited. Different location and water will also be beneficial. Working on the retrieve will bring with it great reward come hunting season.

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