I am entering my dog in his first 'Seasoned' tests the first weekend in December. Marks, diversions, and walk-ups are ready to go. Blinds have been another thing entirely.
In the last couple of weeks a light seems to have come on for my dog, and he now seems to be playing as a team member on cold blinds. (Gawd, I hope I didn't jinx it with that statement He has momentum, stops, and takes casts - all of these pretty well.
So, here's my question: In the training time I have left (realistically about 12 sessions) is there some specific skill I should be working on? Or, is it just a matter of running lots and lots of cold blinds under a variety of conditions and set-ups and just let (our) experience build confidence and let repeatition sharpen things up along the way?
(Just as an aside, I usually start with a little wagon wheel, push/pull, and walking baseball as a warm-up to the blinds, then I run the blinds (2-4), and then run a few marks using varying set-ups. I have not yet combined marks and blinds into one 'test' so to speak.)
Suggestions, and even critiques are invited.