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.
There are times when the deer are simply not moving and you're forced to make something happen. Maybe you're up against a full moon or hot weather. This is when a silent drive to force deer to move should be considered.
By silent drive, you're not yelling and making a commotion to scare the deer. When deer are panicked, they're liable to bust out of the cover on a dead run, and any shot you get will be tough to make.
A silent drive is different. It means playing the wind to carry the driver's...