Due to cold winter and another thread on training books ,I've been reviewing my book "the Cotton Pershall Method" ,A book a haven't read for quite awhile. In the chapter of puppy training, he describes sight blind procedures for pups, but it leaves me with some questions.
My pup is doing well on hand thrown marks, playing /learning OB ,etc... He is 13 weeks old and has good desire to retrieve. We havent had any marks today and I thought we'd give this a shot. We have fresh snow ,but a little crust on top so the orange bumpers really stand out . I took 3 orange bumpers out , staked him out and let him watch me put 3 bumpers in a row ranging from about 15 yd to 35. Walked back unstaked him,let him refocus on the bumpers and when he tried to take off ,I released him with "back" (I was on 1 knee and holding him by his chest) He ran out sniffed around and grabbed the 1st bumper with great enthusiasm...wash, repeat and all went great, threw a couple marks and wrapped it with 2 happy team members. My understanding is that this is to help teach a line to the object.
My question(s) At this stage how long do I stay at the same spot/distance? My thoughts are to repeat for a couple days in the same spot (maybe 3) but on the 3rd day introduce a new ,minor factor at a new spot, such as a little hill or light cover. Which of course is all dependent on his attitude per session.
It seems there is several ways to play this game, another would be to do as I did today and let him watch me put them out , then follow up the next day (or an A.M./P.M. session) in the same spot ,but already have them out, bring him out and run them.
How often would you run this game? Couple times ,then done ? Or a couple times a week for an extended period of time until formal training begins ?
Any negative repercussions from doing this drill at this age? It is all fun, no real expectations.