An old thread brought back to life is talking about marking drills etc.etc.
Breck in a reply to that thread brought up what I (and others) thought might make a good discussion.
Here is Brecks reply to said thread:
So lets start with your young transition dog. Dog has been through the yard work, FF, pile work, basic handling and lining skills.Look, a mark is a mark. There are many so called drills that are great depending on the dogs level.
What is rarely if ever discussed here is how to Train the dog to run marks and what to do when things go wrong, pitfalls and the ramifications of not handling, recalling, correcting etc when necessary and at the correct time.
When you get to the field how do you teach and how do you correct for some of these concepts??
Feel free to add situations or expound on any marking concept you feel like.
1) Cheating singles, simple and complex.
2) Retired guns
3) Check down marks
4) Switching, going to an old fall,
5) fading with factors.
I I have no real questions here. Just thought it might fun to discuss the concepts ,technics and corrections or solutions.