During our group training session last night, for our 2nd series, the trainer set up a double, with the short mark, approx 45 yards, first, long mark 2nd at 130 yards, quite tight, no wind as a factor. Using bumpers, not birds. The first series had been a similar setup but the marks were not nearly as tight.
He wanted to make the dogs go past the short bird and pick up the long bird in order and if they wanted to take the short bird first, stop them and make them go to the long bird. I thought it was an awful lot of suction for the younger dogs and they had huge problems. The two I was running are MH level and were okay, one took the birds in order, one went for the short bird first, called her back and resent her on the long one, which she did okay, but then she had more of a hunt on the short bird, whereas her initial line was right on it.
If we were running a test, I would let my dogs take whatever bird they wanted and my Cosmo bitch will take a short, hot bird first every time regardless of order, and usually does not have a problem then with the rest of the marks. If I try to force her to take the marks in order, it screws her up, we have several failures at tests to back me up on that one.
My question is what is the point of forcing a dog to take the marks in order and is it even a good idea to make them take a specific mark when they obviously want a different one, unless there was a very specific reason, like a cripple getting away,etc?