HELP! I've got a dog that is very reliant on the handler during marks... if he doesn't run straight to the bird he likes to immediately pop and wait for a cast and rarely really searches the area of the fall. We have been working diligently to keep him from popping right when he gets to the area of the fall. He is doing much better lately and is starting to hunt on his own, but I am afraid to handle at all now in fear that he may revert back to his old ways and just rely on me to handle him. So, my question is, when is the right time to handle on a mark? Yesterday for example, we threw about a 100 yard triple mark and on the third bumper he took a line that brought him about 30 yards to the left of the fall area and ran about 30 yards past the fall where I stopped him, whistled him closer, and gave him a right over cast to the bumper. I thought maybe the better option would be to have the thrower toss another bumper into the area of the fall so he would find it on his own, but in the heat of the moment it's hard to know what exactly to do. What would you have done? What would you do to improve his hunting ability during marks and stop relying on the handler? And finally, when is the right time to handle on marks? Handling my dogs to a mark wouldn't have bothered me in the past because I only hunt with them, but now that I am getting into HRC and AKC hunt tests I don't want him trying to pop on me during a mark at a test. Thanks in advance for any advice you are able to give me!