What should I be doing to improve marking in my pups (5 months old, a Chessie & a Toller)?
I had Luna & Cirrus out in the fields for the first time today (finally it has thawed enough!)
They both had lots of enthusiasm for chasing the bumpers (just hand-tossed fun bumpers) but both had a tendency to stop short on every throw and ended up having quite a hunt.
These were not far throws (I have wussy girl arms). I was throwing a 2" dark olive green cordura bumper, on 1-2" snow, so contrast should not have been an issue (except for my bad throws that landed in the spots of soggy dead alfalfa/mud/puddles rather than on the snow LOL)
I plan to be back out there tomorrow with my hubby to start them on proper marks...what should we be doing to best develop marking ability?
Up til now, their retrieving has pretty much just been indoors. (damn winters!)