In a few hours my wife and I will depart for a week long seminar in Vancouver, BC. We're focusing this time on Late Transition/Advanced. It made me think how many trainers I've known who do good Basics, and who usually start off with a fairly organized approach to Transition, and then soon allow their sequential development to disintegrate far before the dog is well developed at a fully trained state.
That brings me to what I hope may be a useful discussion for those of you who are in that Late Transition area with your dogs, and perhaps wishing things were solidifying better. There are quite a few drills in that period, as well, along with many cold set ups for experience and concept exposure. A better organized approach could be what you're now lacking.
Food for thought: Here's a list of the material we'll work on this week. How would any of this apply to what you're working on?
Late Transition/Advanced Workshop
Remember what got you here; Basic skills. Don’t let them slip away!
1. Stickman drill; “M”
2. BB blinds w/notes re. Fundamentals
3. Teach Split Drills
4. Chair Drills
5. Check-down drills 1 & 2
6. Marking advancement
a. Slot bird marks
c. Hip Pockets w/reverse
e. Flower pot
g. Retired concepts
h. Proximity vs. bird placement
7. Run Indent
8. Run Inline triple
9. Hip Pocket double:
a. 4 dogs on standard
b. 4 dogs on reverse
10. Cast into water drill
11. Cast off points, both drills
12. Advanced de-cheating
13. Water blind principles; i.e. Beginning, Middle, End
14. Use of drag scent
15. Poison Bird Blind variations
16. Importance of defining casts
17. De-head-swinging drill
18. Impact of distance in advanced fieldwork
I'm keeping notes on each handler and each dog. Our progress through the work listed will be tempered by the analysis of those notes.
Are you keeping up with your training journals?