How many dogs have you trained that have had this issue? I learned my approach 12 years ago, working with Greg Bartlett, who had been Bill Eckett's young dog trainer. At the time I was working with him and my dogs, he had a higher % of young dogs that turned into FCs than Jim Van Engen. No slap on Jim, I adore him. But the guy knew his dogs.
I have pro trained dogs, dogs I've trained myself, and dogs that have issues created by pros or prior owners. I have also had the good fortune of working with some of the best in the country.
Momentum blinds are cool regards-
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Is there a step between momentum blinds/ Taught / old taught blinds and doing cold blinds again?
I've gone back and forth a couple of times to build confidence with factors and distance, but once I go back to the cold and start lining her up for a cold, I get a bark/noise from being amped up to go and frustration with my pickiness - although I don't feel like I'm fidgeting all that long. She's trying to front seat me.
So as I was just writing that, I realized I should do some more wagon wheels and get her desensitized to the line process again. Build the right habit of nose to toes and letting me line her up.
There should be no handler pickiness or fidgeting because you have "taught" the dog where the blind is, you've broken it down, you've been a smart trainer and built it in steps so the difficulty can become increasingly harder as the dog progresses in training. Step up and kick the dog off handle it depending upon the flavor of the day. If momentum is needed, don't handle. If control is needed, you can handle at key locations on the blind.