Don't make fun of my kids crayon drawing ! I am about as good of artist as I am dog trainer !!
My 16 month BLF has been through FF,FTP,T,TT and went to pattern blind field until water warmed enough for swim-by ! We went through 5 days of water force following Smartwork's, and she showed great momentum, and caught on real quick to what was expected, and how to turn off the pressure.
We started Swim-by 6 days ago as of today, and have been working on establishing the pile, keeping attitude and momentum up, and started teaching the water whistle sit yesterday, with plenty of sends to the back pile ! I have been keeping her attitude up by sending to pile 3 or 4 times, and then throwing her a fun bumper online to pile to keep her from getting sour ( She struggled with attitude during T work, So I work hard on keeping her attitude up during drill work).
On day 3 of swim-by she has started an issue that pops up on every 4 to 6 sends, were she wants to flair off line as soon as she is sent ! I am talking she flairs as soon as her butt is 2 or 3 yards past me and takes a hard right (Left side heeling dog) She's not showing signs of giving me a no-go, and she gets in the water every time, She takes this hard right gets in the water, and acts either nervous, or starts playing in the water.
My solution so far that seems to help, is whistle stop her, call her back to heel, then heel forward on line with a Nick "heel "Nick" then re-send, she will then enter the water on a straight line.
My question is am I handling this situation correctly, or should I whistle stop her and use attrition and handle her back on line ? Also is there something I have done that has caused this problem ? I am very careful with collar pressure, and have been mixing in remote front sit position sends, and side sends equally.
I am sending her from approx. 5 yards from waters edge.
She has actually done the same thing a couple of times on the pattern blind field, but was corrected easily with a whistle stop, and then a angle back cast to the blind.
Not sure what has caused this, and want to learn from my mistakes, and learn to correct this ! Any advice ????
Below is my attempt to draw a example of what she is doing !