I have a 2.5 year old Lab that is somewhere between master and senior level. He does great marking and his blind work has tightened up quite a bit the last few weeks.
We have one issue that I'd like to fix that I'm not sure how best to approach. When leaving the line on blinds, he will bark a single bark, and occasionally spin with the bark.
I think it's a pressure reaction or release. He loves to work, and loves blinds. It seems to be worse when it takes me a bit to get him lined up.
I am considering the following approaches:
1. No, Quiet, Call him back, and put him up and run it later. I think this would probably take a long time, and it would likely make it worse. I am pretty sure he'd feel even more pressure on the line if I do this.
2. No, Quiet, Call him back, heel him back off the line and set him up again. Again I think more pressure and it might be worse, but I could repeat it enough times to have success.
3. Keep running him and as he gets better and better on blinds, he's going to get more comfortable, feel less pressure, and the bark will perhaps go away. If not, it's just because he's happy to go and he'll have enough of a comfort level with things that he would understand for sure why he got called back to the line.
4. Take him to the line, line him up, change the target, line him up, heel him off the line, bring him back, line him up etc, with lots of praise when he lines up how I want him, until he gets kinda bored with it, then send him. (Basically get him more comfortable with lining up and desensitize him to the pressure.)
I've not done the first couple before because when sending him, and he's on the right line, I want him to roll on out there because he's doing it right on a decent line, and if I call him back, I'll have a harder time (thus more pressure) getting him lined up because when he took a good line I called him back.