Ted thanks for the explanation of those blinds with the factors and hazards.
Hey Russ, hope your winter is going well. Look at the bright side, in a week the days will be getting longer and in two weeks we'll have as much daylight as we have now. :???:
I do not primary select so I can't offer any advice if that's what you are trying to do. But, I do train hard on secondary selection and I do lots of KRD's probably 40% of them poison bird. I'll also set up multiple blinds within a marking setup and interrupt the marks by picking up a blind or two (or three :cool:) sometime in the sequence of the marks. Pick up a mark, do a blind, pick up a mark, do a blind, pick up a mark do another blind or any order I want to that day. I don't always pick it up in the same order with each dog but rather work on what that particular dog is weakest on.
I try real hard on the line to communicate to the dog whether we are going for a blind or a mark. Of my two dogs Bam gets it darn near 100% when we go from mark to blind. Her weakness is then picking up a long mark that is tight to a longer blind she has already picked up. Missy is close to the opposite, she runs out to the long mark and I almost always have to handle her off the mark and onto the blind. Afterwards, when I send for the mark, she mostly just goes to the mark. All dogs will tend to be confused by it and as a handler you have to be ready for anything. :twisted:
I do the below drill with my transition dogs. I start it off fairly easy like depicted on the picture and work it out to longer and harder. I train them to mainly pick up the short blinds first and then the longer blinds, but I also train long first then the short. I'll have them eventually running right by an exposed bird to an unseen bird out there 150 yards longer. It's just more training on the way to having an all age dog.
That blind in the Ca Nat that Howard posted was double tough. There was a change of cover - slot- just past where the PB landed. Then if the dog got loose on the end looking for the mark they were out of sight in a heart beat.
Very difficult blind!
Very difficult Natiional
Judy, the PB was not to be picked up. However, that did not prevent several dogs from looking for it.
Thank you, appreciate the feedback.