Well Ive been thrown into a confusing situation.
Got a 3 year old, black lab, spayed female. She has been running tests with me for a year and a half now. Passed them all with flying colors, gone 8/8 to get her SHR, HR and one finished pass. Runs quads out to 150 yards on land and out to about 100 on water, can consistently ran land blinds with her at 250 yards and before my problem was running 150 water blinds. She duck hunts with me and didn't have a singe problem this past season. About 4 weeks ago she absolutely shut down on me as far a water blinds go. She acts excited like always (excited and happy) when I line her for one, but when i send her, she lays down on me and just stares at me. At first I thought it was her just not wanting to go into the cold water. So i waited for a few days of warm up (to allow the shallow pond to warm a little) and tried again. Nothing. So I though maybe she just isn't wanting to do it and is refusing. So I spent a week setting up short easy water blinds, trying to send her, and when she wound refuse, I would put her back in the box. A denial system of some what. Not doing what I say, so your not getting to retrieve. I figured that after a week of that, excitement and drive would take over enough that she would go and see/remember how it all worked. NADA. So I spent a few days and took some steps back in work. Nothing came from that either. Yet this morning I got curious if she was just very confused on blind work in general right now for some reason, but she lined a 75 yard cold blind that she had never ran before. Anyone have any ideas on what I could do to help her over this hump? Im out of ideas and our first trial is in 3 weeks and don't feel like driving 4 hours to just run one dog.