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    Are 5 legged drills and "w" drills the same thing? I was also wondering what drills you run alot for maintenance to keep you dogs sharp on their handling skills?

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    I have never heard of a 5 legged drill it may or may not be the same thing as a W drill. The "W" drill is a marking drill where the gun stations are placed at the points of a "W" shape. I hope that helps.
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    The "W" drill I'm familiar with is a lining drill, not a marking drill. It is outlined very well in Carol Cassity's book "Building a Retriever - Drills and More" and also here:

    http://www.dobbsdogs.com/library/retrievers/rj16.html
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    Many folks call an A,B,C marking drill with 5 stations a "W" drill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GulfCoast View Post
    Many folks call an A,B,C marking drill with 5 stations a "W" drill.
    What do they call if if the ABC's aren't in the shape of a W?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvlabs View Post
    Are 5 legged drills and "w" drills the same thing? I was also wondering what drills you run alot for maintenance to keep you dogs sharp on their handling skills?
    It depends!

    What program are you following? Different people use the same name for different drills. Other people use different names for the same drill.

    See? Nothin' to this dog training stuff. It ain't rocket surgery!

    Casting drills are many. I will be doing a 3-pile stop-and-cast drill tonight with my early-transition youngster, and a full-on Chinese fire drill with my older, experienced dog. different drills, different levels of complexity, but the end result is the same: a dog who stops crisply and takes the direction you give it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvlabs View Post
    Are 5 legged drills and "w" drills the same thing? I was also wondering what drills you run alot for maintenance to keep you dogs sharp on their handling skills?
    I've never found time to work a "W" drill into my regular Transitional work. But, when I trained with D.L. Walters, we progressed from 3-leg patterns to 5-leg patterns as a routine of advancement. As he did them, they were both lining and handling drills.

    Are you seeking drills to sharpen or maintain casting skills, or a combination of skills?

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