Happy Easter day everyone !!!
Started day# 1 on Swim-By with my BLF today, Took her out and planted 8 white bumpers, and established pile on her name, and then on back for the next 2 marks to pile, then started sending on back without marking pile and everything went well for the first 4 or 5 lines, then she started trying to run bank on the send.
Our pond is not ideal, but it is good enough to get the job done by using one end of the pond.
I had no problem stopping her, no-no ing her and bringing her back to heel and re-casting, but she continued trying to cheat the bank like she was confused, so I re-marked the pile, sent on back and got good line. Tried again without marking the pile and she tried cheating again ! I tried in-direct pressure by heeling forward toward waters edge, and still got a bank cheat.
I am trying to leave as much pressure out of the swim-by until I get the pile established, but this is a problem right off the bat!
She has been through force to pile. t-work- T T, Pattern blinds, and blind drills (Water just warmed up enough to start swim-by) She knows, or at least she should have a general idea of what I am asking her to do, and take a line, But understand this is a total new concept with the water.
Without swim-by I don't have the tools in the bag to work on water cheating, so how best should I handle this situation ? Simplify and keep marking pile ?, More In-direct pressure ? Stop her and re-heel and use attrition ?
I could tell she was thinking and working hard to do the right thing, and actually started cheating once, stopped herself and corrected her line, So I know she at least understands to a point of what I am asking, and what she should do!
At this point in my head I am thinking just continue to mark the pile, simplify, and continue to not let her cheat, and teach her the right way without pressure.
Any opinions or advice on the best way to handle this ?
Yes I am following a program, and may add she is a left side heeling dog, and actually turning into me to cheat, and not away if this matters ! Seems to me she would be trying even harder to cheat the bank by doing this.