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    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
    b. Indents
    c. Hip Pockets w/reverse
    d. Inlines
    e. Flower pot
    f. Converging
    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?

    Evan
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    Thanks, Evan, for taking the time to post this.

    It certainly gives me some things to think about!

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    Good info, Evan. Thanks. When will it be on DVD? Are most of these items covered in Smartwork II?
    "The harder you work....the harder it is to quit" ~ Vince Lombardi

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    Most are in the books, but all will soon be on DVD.

    We did everything on the list, plus some! Great week. Thanks to our hosts, John & Jan Gunn of TNT Kennels in Abbotsford, BC. Outstanding grounds!

    Evan
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    Can't wait to see the new DVD! So far I have really enjoyed the men of steel and your waterforce and swim-by dvd. Keep up the excellent work.

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    I just ordered the waterforce and swim by DVD. I'll be looking for the Transitions DVD when it comes out. Thanks.
    AB
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    Awesome! To advanced for me... I'm still on volume 1

    I'm ordering the handling dvd tomorrow Smartwork Basic Handling DVD

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    Just for the record, all of the DVD's have been money well spent, I can't say enough about the Waterforce and Swim-by.

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    I have been patiently awaiting SWII in DVD. I'm not good with manuals...nothing like seeing it to fully understand the concept.
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