Ok...I have an 20 month old that is progressing nicely. She got her UKC Seasoned HR title back in September and pretty much breezed though it pretty easily. We will start running finished UKC test this Spring. When training, she does outstanding....runs great lines, hard, takes good casts etc. When running Seasoned tests this past Fall, she did well with only a couple of concerns in route to the HR title.
But....in HUNTING (this is her first season to hunt) it's as if she has NEVER seen a hand signal in her life. Multiple guns firing, multiple birds falling...cracking ice, running the decoys etc....the "blind" retreives have been as nasty and ugly as one could imagine. Quite frustrating, and rather embarassing to be honest. Then, we come home, the next day go to the pond and/or field and plant blinds (ducks) and she lines and/or 1-2 whistles 125 yard blinds frequently.
I know that she is not at the finished level yet, and has only been on 10 or so real hunts in her life, but i certainly expected the same level of performance I get in training (and that i got in HR tests) when in actual hunt situations.
Question - Have any others experienced such complete absence of mind of their pooch when HUNTING, when they normally do well in training (and/or tests)?