So I'm at a meeting at work today and we are discussing the critical phases of flight and when the most accidents happen (takeoffs, ascending, cruise, approach, etc, etc). And tonight I am thinking about what would be our critical phases o training and where we go wrong, where we all have the most "accidents". We can break this down into so many areas...first 6 months, ob, ff, cc, yard work, marking, etc. We have to lay the foundation right so that we can have a strong house. So I ask, what is your most critical phase of training? What part of your foundation, if you don't have it absolutely perfect, the house will fall to the ground.
I'm thinking of this because of two reasons...one, because I have a young dog that is a good marking dog and will make a good gun dog but I don't believe he will make the advanced training because of his lack of drive and desire. This is very frustrating to me but I have to realize that this is part of it and have to adjust my training program and/or wash him out. And I came across a quote from Mr. Lardy in an article this week that I want to live by for my training..."Mike has one major rule: he will not train a bad dog, who is either uncooperative or lacks desire."