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    Default Dog water entry

    I have 15 month Blf went hunting opening week end for some reason her entry to the water was timid. I mean she just walked to to retrieve the birds. But when at the house on the pond she charges hard after bumpers and dead birds even blind retrieves what to do what to do

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    Keep shooting birds over her and the light bulb will go off. If she enjoys bumpers and birds at home enough to charge into the water there, she'll connect the dots and really have fun in the field. One of the things that's different hunting is that there usually is a lot of waiting around doing nothing hunting, where she is used to more action in training.

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    Is their anything about the hunting situation that spooked her? Something that was different than in training. I know they are different. If you can set up a training scenario that closely resembles you hunting situation that would probably help the transition.
    Dennis Voigt suggest this and demos a scenario in his new DVD 25 Essential....Drills.
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    maybe she hit something in the water, and now she goes in easy. I know of a dog that had a big water entry that got impelled on a broke off T post in the water.

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    Her 1st time hunting? Probably just a cautious/familiarity thing with the new location. My male has a nice water entry on ponds he is familiar with, but is often cautious in new locations.

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    What's wrong with walking in? As long as she goes on the first send I don't see a problem.
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    I prefer a dog that has a more subtle water entry; less likelihood of injury that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David McCracken View Post
    I prefer a dog that has a more subtle water entry; less likelihood of injury that way.
    I have one who goes in pretty hard, and I hold my breath a lot. Not to mention checking entry points pretty carefully when training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David McCracken View Post
    I prefer a dog that has a more subtle water entry; less likelihood of injury that way.
    good post. a cut off stump underwater has ruined more than one dog
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