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    Wondering how to build confidence in the dog as far as hand signals and blind retrieves goes. Blake is 10 months old and we have almost perfected the mini T, 9 times out of 10 he does it flawlessly. He does really well with blinds as long as everything is in close. In other words, I have a hard time making him confident in my command to send him further. He will run "backs" and "overs" perfect but if he has to go further than about 20 yards he gets real confused and kind of starts to hunt for it instead of holding his line. Is this something that will build as time goes on or is there something I need to do to drive it home??? Thanks in advance.

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    What have you done to get him ready for mini T ?
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    have you done big T or TT?
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    letting them grow up/older would help confidence....what's the rush? read the dog...
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    How is his marking and what kind of distances and factors have been involved
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyC View Post
    Wondering how to build confidence in the dog as far as hand signals and blind retrieves goes. Blake is 10 months old and we have almost perfected the mini T, 9 times out of 10 he does it flawlessly. He does really well with blinds as long as everything is in close. In other words, I have a hard time making him confident in my command to send him further. He will run "backs" and "overs" perfect but if he has to go further than about 20 yards he gets real confused and kind of starts to hunt for it instead of holding his line. Is this something that will build as time goes on or is there something I need to do to drive it home??? Thanks in advance.
    Cody, do you know what a "bird boy" is and how it relates to getting a dog to go out farther?
    Not sure how much you have exposed your pup to the world.
    Your pup is young but 20 yards is close .
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    Danny has a great article on his website: www.dannyfarmer.com

    Make sure to always run 3-5 blinds each session…they get better with each one and their confidence will go up. But if you haven't done the Double T yet…time to move on to that first.
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    He needs a lot more time in the yard before you start attempting cold blinds or even pattern or bird boy blinds. You are setting your dog up for failure by asking him to do something that he has not been trained yet to do. Go back and teach T and TT with a systematic approach while taking your time. Once he is very confident on these concepts then you can worry about developing a cold blind standard.

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    What training besides mini T have you done?
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    I have mine running 200 + yard marks with confidence before even starting any pile or handling work. I don't want distance to be a limiting factor when we get to the handling drills.
    A dog that is confident in these type marks won't think twice about 100 yard blinds or pile work.
    At 10 months, you are right on schedule. What is the rush?
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