Try playing "air gun" with those dogs that mark off a gun barrel.
They respond to us, our movements, and our gestures. The gun doesn't need to be there.
So let me get this straight... some of you think that putting a hand down over a dog's head is going to keep them from breaking?????? Just curious.....:confused:
So...for those that use your hand on the send for marks....what do you do for a dog that is on a remote sit? Do you then walk over to the dog and send with your hand?
Yes. They are conditioned to understand that they cannot go - after the last bird is shot (and excitement the highest) - until the hand goes down and their name is said
I have seen a handler or two who do not follow this practice (which is the norm in FT), and their dogs seemed more prone to breaking
I only use a no-hand send on "Easy" memory birds, I also use a very soft voice on those check downs.
its funny that I just had this conversation with Lanse at 6:30 this morning when we had our weekly phone call to BS about the past weekend's events (PRTA in Ga)....one of the marks in the 4th series of the Am was a short check down variety, here is Lanse's play by play description almost verbatim
there is you handling lesson for the day thanks to David Rorem via Lanse...it just depends on the situationQuote:
Lanse : "as Rosa came back with the bird I could hear Rorem in my ear saying Lanse, this is a no hands soft send...so I kept the bird in her mouth and watched her breathing before taking the bird from her mouth, then I sweated her for just a bit until her breathing became less heavy,I leaned over and gave her a soft send no hands whisper Rosa....she nailed it..the Lanse of old would have put his hand down and given a booming back and probably sent her into Charlie Hays' bedroom (trial was held at his property) "
I know that with lots of repetition, hopefully dogs learn that they cannot go without being released. I'm just not convinced that it's the hand over their head that keeps them steady, any more than not hearing their name as the cue they can go. But, that's just me and my problem!!!!