Training with fliers and live birds has always been a problem for my small little training group. If we find birds to buy, we have no where to keep them. We do have shooters. I do have options to train elsewhere occasionally, but for the most part, frozen, dead birds and bumper boys are it.
So, now to the suggestions needed:
We routinely train retrieving marks and blinds through the area of an old fall, with dead birds and bumpers. This weekend, at the test we participated in, both my girls got through, easily, the blind through the walk-up/dead bird, but got hung up to the point of no return on the blind through the area of the fall of the flier.
The live bird scent, blood, feathers was definitely the issue. They just KNEW there was another bird there. The wind was perfect to keep them right in the fall. I need to recreate this to teach them the correct thing to do. I can set this up with scent and dead birds and have had success. The dead birds are still great to them, but not being like live birds, as we all know.
What suggestions do you have for us to try? Poison bird blinds? How many can you do without causing problems? Again, will have to use dead birds. I can definitely set up so that the wind is blowing the scent through the line of the blind. I think I'll have one day of fliers this month.
They are definitely saying screw you and blowing me off in this exact blind/flier scenario. But how can you correct it in training if you can't recreate it? I need them to ignore their nose and listen to my command.
Looking forward to some discussion....