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2 hours ago, Lampinglad96 said:

UPDATE: Had the pup checked over with a running dog vet that specialises in greyhounds and she is absolutely fine no soreness anywhere. she's had experience running in the dark with my springer in a park close to me and occasionally knocks into him but the vet reckons it was her first time with the wind knocked out of her and got a fright. All good ideas above and I will give them all a go before I take her out again. As above no rush with it all. Again thanks for the replies. ATB

Not trying to tell you what to do but might be worth you not letting the young un loose in the dark with a springer it’ll teach the pup it’s perfectly ok to hunt up after dark especially once it gets catching or ready for work mentally young dogs are terrible at picking up bad habits your more than likely create a problem of hunting up 

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Recall ,retrieve ,hunting in that order .Forget doubling up or watching another dog ,teaches nothing .

If you want the dog to retrieve then get it retrieving before you go lamping as it won’t happen after .Just take the dog out on its own .The more misses it gets the better the first catch will be . 

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8 hours ago, Lampinglad96 said:

UPDATE: Had the pup checked over with a running dog vet that specialises in greyhounds and she is absolutely fine no soreness anywhere. she's had experience running in the dark with my springer in a park close to me and occasionally knocks into him but the vet reckons it was her first time with the wind knocked out of her and got a fright. All good ideas above and I will give them all a go before I take her out again. As above no rush with it all. Again thanks for the replies. ATB

Atb o luck wi it   g

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Hey, I just wanted to say you have to hold this pup back.  If you push her now she will pick her runs and start stalking rabbits on the lamp.  I have seen pup after pup ruined by friends slipping far too a young age.  

10 months old the bones and muscles are still forming and they just aren't ready.  Lamping isn't like a normal hunt because dogs and especially pups are run constantly and sometimes there is either a ton of mileage involved and as well as that hardly time for an adult dog to get its breath before the next run, never mind a pup.

If you want a smashing pup, make a pledge to hold your pup back fully leashed while watching friends dogs run and no matter how much you are tempted don't give this pup any rabbits on the lamp until next September/October.  Then you will have the foundation for a smashing dog.  If it has been seeing rabbits run time and time again this winter being fully leashed, man that pup is going to be explosive come next year looking its turn.

Take it a ferreting day and let it learn the ropes were it can't stalk rabbits which already in full flight coming out of the holes but see lamping a young pup, that is the quickest way to ruin a dog.

I will give you a scenario if you keep running that pup on the lamp........You will get 3 to 5 good runs then the next 4 or 5 the dog will stop and start stalking then every rabbit after that even squatters which you walk right up upon that pup wont even run.  This is gospel, I am 40 yrs of age having seen them all.

Honestly, hold it back! ................oh, and have a great season with your pup out and about with mates.

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