I have a 7 mo BLF FT hopeful that I am trying to guage how to bring her along on Marking.
Marks from the line or walk-outs to about 100 yds she is very solid, even the few times I have tried her in heavy cover.
The past couple weeks I have stretched her out to 150-200 yd walk-out singles in no/light cover with no real factors, and she misses on some of these.
Last night, her first mark (150 yds, no/light cover, flat throw, cross wind, orange bumber) was a typical miss. She blew by it about 20 yds upwind, went about 30-40 yds deep, hunted back until she got downwind, and worked it back to the fall. The hunt seem like it took forever, but probably lasted 10-15 secs. At this distance, she never breaks down to hunt short and stays on the correct side of the throw.
1. Slow-down. Shorten-up/simplify (white bumpers?) so she nails nearly every mark.
2. Keep up with some of these tougher marks, she seems to be working them out.
3. Stretch her out even further, as long as she is driving to the AOF.
4. Something else?
My plan for now is #2 as long as i see improvement, but I do not want to push things too fast.
Thank you for any input.