Last edited by jeff evans; 09-09-2013 at 10:20 PM.
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Over the years I had the opportunity to train with some folks who did quite well with their dogs. To quote the late Mike Greene "get the cripples out of the way before you go after the tough ones", which is a different way of saying shortest bird next in line, irrespective of order thrown. I also had the privilege of day training with one of the greats in this sport for over 20 years, all you had to do was watch the examples in training to see what worked well.
The only time I believe you can have a problem is when it's difficult for the dog to recognize that there is a short bird next to be taken out of order. & that happens, then you have to prove your worth as a handler.
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So after all this discussion. Does anybody train for "Ideal" selection as Dave describes??
eg; In training making the dog pick up the shortest bird last.......So that in a trial they can use "Ideal" selection vs Secondary????
Or do the you train with "Secondary" selection as your default?
This is an honest question. When I left the game it was "secondary" selection all the way. We trained that way and handled that way....
Has anything changed???
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Another good reason for this type of training. Go to whatever bird you are sent for, long or short. It's a thing of beauty when they do it.
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