I was turned onto this forum by a good friend in regards to a recent issue that has come up with my pup. This is my first competitive/hunting dog so I was hoping to see if anyone else has had and was able to overcome my issue.
He is a year and 3 month old black dog. About a month and a half ago he started to give voice at the line in anticipation to running blinds as well as sometimes during a multiple mark after the first or second bird is shot.
On a blind as soon as you say "dead bird" he will start whining, sometimes giving a small yelp in what seems like anticipation followed by a bark when you say "back". I don't know if it's pertinent but he has a half of a hunting season under his belt in the duck blind with more then 100 retrieves with great blind manners.
I am not so much worried about his initial bark he gives out after I send him but more so at his "bad manners" of whining and yelping while birds are shot. (Which I am sure have some direct correlation) I've also noticed when release on a water mark with a short land entry (basically jumping right into the water) he will whine halfway to the mark sometimes
I've been told by my handler that this is a hard habit to break and potentially career ending if not addressed right away. Considering the money and time I have into my hunting buddy that is unsettling to hear considering I am hopeful to take him through MH and up potentially to nationals (or attempting =) )
That all being said, any more details that I need to provide? Does anyone have some daily drills I could try at my local park to help overcome this?