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    I'd like to hear what folks here think is the best/most effective drill for developing pinpoint marking on multiple marks.
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    i think it's the ABCD(E) drill.-Paul
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    ABCD drill is great for getting dogs to develop marking in multiple gun pictures.

    I also like the X pattern - throw angle back, throw angle in, and then flat - alternating sides.

    The best drill to teach marking - is throw singles and make the dog focus before being sent. Singles teach marking.

    To help with the memory development, you can do singles bird in mouth or 360 the mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Walker View Post
    I'd like to hear what folks here think is the best/most effective drill for developing pinpoint marking on multiple marks.


    I think that you can do some drill work to improve marking and familiarize them on different marking concepts, but the pinpoint part just might be God given.

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    Walking singles develops pinpoint marking better than any other drill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Cassity View Post
    To help with the memory development, you can do singles bird in mouth or 360 the mark.

    Carol
    Please excuse my ignorance but could you explain these?

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    I am a big fan of the "W" drill, and do lots of "rolling singles" (walking singles off a 4 wheeler as its too much walking to actually "walk").
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    sorry to hijack thread for a moment, but I just got your book and it's AWESOME!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Cassity View Post
    ABCD drill is great for getting dogs to develop marking in multiple gun pictures.

    I also like the X pattern - throw angle back, throw angle in, and then flat - alternating sides.

    The best drill to teach marking - is throw singles and make the dog focus before being sent. Singles teach marking.

    To help with the memory development, you can do singles bird in mouth or 360 the mark.

    Carol

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotel4dogs View Post
    sorry to hijack thread for a moment, but I just got your book and it's AWESOME!!!!

    and what book is that? no reason not to plug it here!

    gulf coast - please describe the "W" drill??

    and Tom - i like these too. are you doing anything different? for instance, sometimes i carry a small 2-stake holding blind, and i make sure to throw in, flat, and out, short and far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david gibson View Post
    and what book is that? no reason not to plug it here!

    gulf coast - please describe the "W" drill??

    and Tom - i like these too. are you doing anything different? for instance, sometimes i carry a small 2-stake holding blind, and i make sure to throw in, flat, and out, short and far.
    David...I'll plug it! Building a Retriever is my favorite training book, just filled with drills for all occasions
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