Turtle retrievers

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I think I'd rather train them to find and indicate, rather then retrieve them...
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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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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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
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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