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    Default SmartWorks FTP Rookie Help

    Following SmartWorks with a CHLF. She is sound at the beginning stages of FF “hold, fetch, walking fetch, and fetch no fetch.” She is now doing FTP and we are having a nagging issue. She will not run a straight line to the pile. My suspicion is that she is arching to the pile as avoidance to pressure introduced in a “back nick back” during the retrieve. We have tried to shorten the distance and FTP, but the problem will not go away. Should we remove the pressure all together to clear this up? However removing pressure seems counterproductive to what we are attempting to accomplish in FTP. Please help some rookies out with this one……

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    First, FTP isn't a lining drill. You have correctly identified the only significant issue about how she's running to the pile; flaring. Take a couple sessions off from en route forcing, move up and back up in small steps to reestablish a straight route, calm your dog, and boost her confidence.

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    Don't worry about it, just keep training, it will come out later. This is just one of he many side effects that plague novice trainers who are attempting to use a pressure system to train their dog.

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    How far are you and your pup from the pile when you started and do you have a lead on your pup?

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    Cleaning up flaring problems is a real pain and difficult to clean up. You may find yourself doing a lot of drills. Not sure of the answer but, if I ever seen it again you'll have a handler with some avoidance problems.

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    Dustin, just PM Evan when you have Smartworks questions. He is the Smartworks author so he's your go to guy. That way you stay on track with the training program you're using.

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    Something that might work for you is rotating the field so she isn't running to the same spot and the burn area is no longer a factor. I would also give a lot of freebies to build that confidence back up. Like Evan said take a step back it never hurts and can only help. When you have an issue simplify and then proceed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcrumpy9 View Post
    Something that might work for you is rotating the field so she isn't running to the same spot and the burn area is no longer a factor. I would also give a lot of freebies to build that confidence back up. Like Evan said take a step back it never hurts and can only help. When you have an issue simplify and then proceed.
    no...........no............no............DO NOT move your pile or line , do as Evan says............
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    Dustin,

    How is it going? Are you making progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcrumpy9 View Post
    Something that might work for you is rotating the field so she isn't running to the same spot and the burn area is no longer a factor. I would also give a lot of freebies to build that confidence back up. Like Evan said take a step back it never hurts and can only help. When you have an issue simplify and then proceed.
    no...........no............no............DO NOT move your pile or line , do as Evan says............
    You must be misunderstanding the program kcrumpy9 ?...Perhaps it would be better to speak directly to avoid confusion?
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