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    I am looking for drills or something to help teach a dog to cast into the wind. My BLF does everything else but casting into the wind is my Achilles heel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry A View Post
    I am looking for drills or something to help teach a dog to cast into the wind. My BLF does everything else but casting into the wind is my Achilles heel.

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    The first question is ," why is it a problem"? or why do some dogs (most) not take good casts into the wind. Once you know the answer you can take it from there. Jim
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    First you need a windy day. Whenever we train and it happens to be windy, we automatically say its time to set up a cross wind blind. Then set up a blind 90 degrees to the wind with an obvious feature, tree, big rock or large bush on the downwind side of the line. That will serve as a reference for you and the dog to stay upwind of. Run the blind and keep him or her on the line or upwind side of the line. You will have to read your dog's effort in making decisions on when and how much to correct for cast refusals, scalloping or fading with the wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd6400 View Post
    The first question is ," why is it a problem"? or why do some dogs (most) not take good casts into the wind. Once you know the answer you can take it from there. Jim
    Because it is blowing?
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    On windy days I will often select an area to run a set of gradient, cold blinds starting with basic setups like the first two and move up to greater distances later.







    I have an old 375 yard pattern blind (not used very much) that I will come back to a couple of times when cross winds out the east or west are in the 30-40 mph range.

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    Yes, an' how many times must a DOG turn his head
    An' pretend that he just doesn't see?

    The answer, my friend, it is blowin' in the wind
    An' the answer is blowin' in the wind

    How many times must a DOG look up
    Before he can see the sky?
    Yes, an' how many ears must one DOG have pinched
    Before he can hear him cry?
    Yes, an' how many refusals will it take until he knows
    That they have been dropped from the trial

    The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
    The answer is blowin' in the wind
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinman View Post
    Because it is blowing?
    Haaa...Bill I don't have to tell you why or the reason....I think a lot of people look for answers instead of the why's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Yes, an' how many times must a DOG turn his head
    An' pretend that he just doesn't see?

    The answer, my friend, it is blowin' in the wind
    An' the answer is blowin' in the wind

    How many times must a DOG look up
    Before he can see the sky?
    Yes, an' how many ears must one DOG have pinched
    Before he can hear him cry?
    Yes, an' how many refusals will it take until he knows
    That they have been dropped from the trial

    The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
    The answer is blowin' in the wind
    Now that is what I'm talking about...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry A View Post
    I am looking for drills or something to help teach a dog to cast into the wind. My BLF does everything else but casting into the wind is my Achilles heel.

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    Terry,
    I believe you set yourself up for that one.
    We all learn....Part of life of dog training...So take it as good criticism from some of the posters.
    Maybe go back to force to pile in the wind and that might make the dog understand what you want. Just saying.
    Happy training to you.

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    On high wind days I will run some long known (not pattern) blinds. Keep your standards high when running crosswind blinds. Recently at a hunt test I had very little trouble with a crosswind blind. I lined him up very slightly upwind and I thought he was going to line the blind but had two whistles at the very end.
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