I have a YLM that is breaking on the shot during hunting and also crowding me when we're hunkered down waiting for birds, so hopefully posting here will help me kill 2 birds with 1 stone. He is 1/2 way through MH tests, so he does well in training and tests (usually ), but hunting with him is turning into a pain.
Problem - 1A
He'll break on the shot, and sometimes on me or anyone nearby shouldering. I've tried (tried, real hard) not shooting and letting others shoot, and there is progress there, but the moment I shoot, we're back to breaking. I thought of giving the controller to someone else, but not sure how eager another hunter will be to interrupt their hunt and let me hunt. Plus, I hunt by myself sometimes, so still need a better solution.
Problem - 1B
In the field, we typically hunt from the back side of a levee or ditch, and occasionally a blind. He loves to lay right up against me, or even worse right above me on the levee. He's good in that he'll sit/lay quietly the whole time, but its not fun having a wet dog laying on me for a couple hours. I've tried picking him up and moving him away (usually restricted to just 2-3 feet away), but he keeps slowly crawling back to me. Any collar correction, because of the close proximity, just makes him rush towards me instead of sticking in place.
Problem - 2 thru infinity - his owner
I'd like to use possibly a mat or platform that could work in low-profile places like a rice field and/or adjust to deeper flooded fields, if any exist. I've also thought of a dog blind, but wonder how they work for passing birds that come in from all angles some mornings. I know staking him out, some believe leads to him honoring the stake and not me, but was thinking I could use the stake as backup and "punishment" for breaking if he's off the stake, by clipping him back up once he breaks, and not letting him get the next few birds. I just wonder if these tools help to correct the problem or avoid the problem, and so I'd have to use a platform or blind every time I hunt him?
Any tips, would be greatly appreciated.