I have started doing a bit or retrieving work with my BMH/Lab. She is nine months old, and generally is coming along nicely. She is finding the dummy well. Is sitting nice and steadily (although doesn't like sitting on cold wet frosty icy grass). But is developing the annoying habit of picking the dummy up well, bringing it to within ten yards of me and then playing the game of trotting of with it and you can't catch me as well as shaking it like a terrier with a rat. On her walks I am doing a few minutes of dummy training each time. A mix of both easy visual retrieves. Sitting and waiting and let me pick it up, as well as retrieves into water or with hidden in a bit of cover. Trying to keep it nice and varied so she doesn't get bored.
We were doing some work on the beach this morning and she retrieved the dummy out of the water and then ran off up the beach and started burying it.
I think what is happening is that she is getting head strong and worked out that its more fun to keep the dummy and bury it (like a wolf would do) than bring it to me, get some praise and a treat.
Thought process is to go back to square one and do a lot more retrieving in a confined garden and to have lottos patience.
She is a very intelligent and strong willed dog. Something that actually will be a real delight as she gets older as she is will primarily used both for deer and wild fowling / rough shooting.
Any thoughts please gents.