|Control and Domination|
One of the finest qualities a good bird dog can have is the ability to think on its own. We want a dog to go and hunt for birds, and this requires a level of independent thinking.
Expecting mature adult behavior from an immature dog will guarantee failure. One thing we see far too often is too much control or domination on the part of the people around the puppy. When we say control and domination, we're not talking about basic obedience. Basic obedience is what makes any dog a good citizen, both in the field and in the house.
Too much control and domination, on the other hand, refers to telling the puppy what to do every second and trying to make it into a robot.
One of the finest qualities a good bird dog can have is the ability to think on its own. We want a dog to go and hunt for birds, and this requires a level of independent thinking. A puppy that has been controlled too much will wait for you to tell him where the birds are, and if you knew that, you wouldn't need a dog!
When a puppy has been totally controlled, it will grow up thinking that everything they do will be directed by a human — they will always look to that person and wait for directions. This is great for an obedience dog but not what we're looking for in a gun dog.
We'd rather have an independent dog that will go after a crippled bird on its own as opposed to a dog that waits for us to tell it what to do and where to go to find that wounded game. We want a trained dog that can and will think.