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Turtle retrievers

Discussion in 'Tortoises in the News' started by jsheffield, Jun 1, 2019.

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    An eastern Iowa conservation group is taking an unconventional approach to tracking rare turtles on its land. Iowa Public Radio tagged along with a man who’s trained his hunting dogs to find the reptiles for researchers. Counting the creatures will help conservationists manage the land better.

    https://www.iowapublicradio.org/pos...ampaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&sfns=mo#stream/0
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    I'm sure a faster approach. Just hope they taught the dogs how to pick them up with no mistakes or it could be real bad for the turtle that has a tooth in its leg or head.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I think I'd rather train them to find and indicate, rather then retrieve them...
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I was thinking that too, mainly because if I were doing a study, I'd want to know exactly where the dog found the turtle.

    (and Barb, I think retrievers have very soft mouths. They're trained to not 'bite' the retrieved animal)
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    Maybe a bark to indicate that there is a turtle there, that might be safer.
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    Well, Retrievers retrieve, and Pointers point. Since they're using a breed that has instincts to flush and retrieve, I doubt they'll get a bark or a point out of them.
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    Retrievers can pick up an egg in their mouth without breaking it.
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    Is that an ornate box turtle in his mouth? The shell is gorgeous. But that turtle must feel like Godzilla just picked him up.
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    But doesn't that mean,That they are messing up there den, retrieving the turtles?
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