Well, I think my brain is in vapor lock or something. I'm plum tuckered out from Teaching Shcool, Training Dogs, and Whelping Pups. And think my brain has gone on vacation 2 weeks early. Doesn't seem like a big problem, but I just can't get the brain working. So Here We Go:
I have a dog that has shown up for training. High Bred Dog. Lots of energy, for all intentions looks like a jam up prospect. Working on Obedience and things are going great. So not a problem.
Retrieving has stumped me. She is a fire ball out to the bumper. I throw a bumper from my side, and she is tearing it up. A couple weekends ago, I started extending distance on the retrieving. Set up my Zinger's and went to work. Things were great in changing from a side throw to a Winger throw. Got out to about 100 yards, and was great. Added a little cover and we had problems.
She Will Not Set Up A Hunt...
She will take a great line towards the bumper, get within the area she thinks the bumpers should be. Stops and looks, and turns around and comes straight back. No Hunt what so ever. Straight out there, Looks, and straight back. Not even a thought of hunting.
Go to a clear field where when you throw the bumper at 100 yards, it is shining like a diamond in a goats @$$, and she is all over it. Mild cover and she is screwed. I have started working with the orange bumpers in shorter marks, hoping that not seeing them as well, will keep her a few more seconds looking. But haven't been working enough to know what we are going to get with it.
Any ideas to encourage stamina in setting up the hunt ? ? ? ?
What am I to dinged out to see ? ? ? ? Doesn't seem like it should be hard, but I am coming up with ZIP, NOT'A, ZERO....
I just can't seem to get a thought process in the direction that I think I need to go. Help and tired, old man out. cooter