Does anybody here think i would be able to train a 5 year old German Wirehaired pointer. She already comes to commands, but she doesn't like to fetch. Do you think i could train her to point and retrieve or is it too late.
Of course you can train it. The advantage to an older dog for training is that you probably won't put up with puppy stuff. As for retrieving, at this point I'd put her on a check cord and work with a fresh killed bird. Don't do so much the bird get's soggy. If she simply won't do it, you could have her forced.
As usual Don offers excellent advice.
I would only add that, depending on the previous interactions between the two of you, that she not be rewarded for anything other than a completed fetch. She may try to circumvent the fetch by doing something else to gain your affections, try to ignore the impulse to reward her for anything other that a completed fetch.
If you have to force the fetch, keep the lesson short and productive.
Has she ever hunted before? I ask because my Dad had a Brittney that had a bird shot at over her head and she refused to fetch for quite some time afterwards, and the fellow that shot over her never hunted with us again.
Dad had to force her to fetch (fresh bird as Don mentioned) and it took many a short and frustrating training sessions before she would do it again but she did come thru it and was a fine Dog to hunt with.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...