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    I have a four year old dog that I just started doing hunt tests with about a year ago. I duck hunt with him a lot and train frequently and he has almost no obedience problems during those activities (he is very steady, doesn't creep, never breaks, always walks at heel with no issues etc.). However, on his third hunt test which was about two months ago, he started becoming overly excited in the holding blind. Last weekend we were at an HRC test and he was trying constantly to peak around the blind or look underneath and was so concerned with seeing the birds that he was even trying to get free of the leash even when I told him to heel. I was so embarrassed and haven't ever experienced this with him before. However, he is fine once we leave the blind and walks at heel all the way to the line, but I am concerned that eventually his excitement will get the best of him and he will lose control going to the line as well. I want to fix the problem before it gets any worse and I thought I would see what advice you guys might have to offer.

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    I train "DOWN" and down is down. On your belly "DOWN" nothing bad will happen and now dog is to wait for the next command. It's sort of a "safe zone" like being in the kennel. It's mostly a German training thing but what it does is takes the dogs legs out of the equation and puts them in a submissive position. It's also a "Time Out" and allows the dog to sort of re-set it's mind to the task. Don

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    Is there such a thing as a dog that has run a number of times that isn't test wise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Is there such a thing as a dog that has run a number of times that isn't test wise?
    ^^^^Best post ever!!!!!!^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshotlu View Post
    However, he is fine once we leave the blind and walks at heel all the way to the line.
    Man it sounds like your dog's ready for the Grand! You can have my spot, I won't be there. Good luck.

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    Man, you guys are just full of jokes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshotlu View Post
    Man, you guys are just full of jokes!
    I was 100% serious.
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    I am with Buzz thinking your pup is a late bloomer, mine wised up at the 1st JR.
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    Had one that was kind of a pain in the butt in holding blinds, I put one up in the yard and would put him in there (IN the shade) when I was sitting on the deck reading the paper, eating dinner ect. after a while he got bored with it, then I would put an extra one out off to the side while training (again in the shade) and leave him there untill it was his turn to run, again he got bored with it and would eventually lay down on his own, Took about a month but once the holding blind wasn't such a big deal he was never a problem again.. Worked for us..

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    Mine would try to jump over the holding blind, go underneath and lunge at it. It eventually translated into him rushing to the line as well. Obedience, practice and persistence. If he rushes or acts up, turn around in practice and rewalk to the holding blind. In some it is hard to correct, but they have to learn. IMO
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