Having trained upland dogs for some 25yrs. Particularly field bred Springers,for both trial and tests(AKC). The working standards of such being quite a bit different than what is required in the Retriever culture. Although retrieving is an absolute fundamental. A trained retrieve is a must do behavior in both cultures, land and water.
How does teaching the Non-slip Ret. to quarter properly to the guns,use his nose to find birds,to flush birds, and make retrieves with manners? ( Manners being Steady to W&S,the ability to honor his brace mate and delivery of shot bird to hand) (This process if done properly is about a 6-12month program with a dog that is clean with his retrieving skills.)
What challenges would one expect to see in the dogs ability to take lines either to multiples or blinds? For birds that the dog didnot flush? That is when one were to take the dog back to non-slip testing or trialing
Is this type of "cross training" even advisable? Or is this like asking a hammer to be a hand saw and vice versa?
Thank-you for any insights into this situation.