Looking for some input from seasoned trainers on something that happened last weekend
The scenario is as follows:
- 3 ½ yo soft F chessie, running at master level, have followed Lardy
- setup 6 blinds across end of a field approx. 150 yds with various dips and trees at end of field with about 12inches of snow, -9C, and hardly any wind, picking the blinds up from right to left
- dog goes well on first 3 blinds
- blind #4 dog is heading on line for the blind and at about 125+ yds stops and stares to her left and then seems spooked and takes off again but veering to her right. Worked her hard to get this blind with a lot of attrition and indirect pressure once (toot nick toot) as she seemed shaken and did not want to go to where the blind was placed. Finally got it and she came straight back to the line.
- sent for blind # 5 and 6 and did well on them but still seemed a bit hesitant on #5 no problem on #6. Remember #5 & 6 were the areas closest to where she had seemed to sense something that had bothered her.
Was it right to persist in getting these blinds after she was so spooked? Even the person that I was training with noticed the exact moment that she got spooked and of course neither of us saw or heard anything.