I'm planning on running Q's next year with my CLM, he'll be 2 in December. His training has been going very well and at this point he is through the bulk of transition and we are working on advanced concepts needed for FT's.
This guy is a big, powerful dog that is FULL of desire. When I cue him on "Mark", he actually starts drooling on the line. He is intense, never gets down, he always wants more marks, blinds etc, he loves to work and we train him 5-6 days a week.
That said, I've noticed a problem developing over the last few months and I'm not really sure the best way to correct it. Whenever we do big multiple mark setups, especially with live birds, 5-6 other dogs, 4 white coats in the field etc, he becomes extremely hard to control on line. He gets vocal and jumpy, which of course affects his marking. When this happens I will take him off line and put him back into the holding blind, or back into the truck, and then take him out again when he calms down (not reward the behavior). The problem is that the more I take him on and off the line, the more tweaked he gets, he never gets any calmer. He is an intelligent dog and has always been very quick to learn concepts, so the fact that he really isn't getting this is making me a little concerned.
I just looking for some thoughts from some of the more experienced trainers here on ways of managing this behavior. I am willing to commit to taking him off-line every time he gets this way, but seeing how it has only amplified his excitement in the past, I just wanted to see if maybe there are other tactics that can be used to control this.