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Thread: Top Handler Error on Marks?

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    Default Top Handler Error on Marks?

    What's the top handler error you see on marks? Just curious what you see out there.
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    Not what I see but my problem is sending to soon and not slowing down. Must be slower on send.
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    I personally fail the most at ensuring that my dog has seen the gunner waaaaay out there in the white coat.
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    i can tell you my mistake is moving to fast and not getting the pup lined up well.

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    Forgetting they are testing not training.

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    My biggest mistake, especially in the earlier years, was always trying to be too precise on the line when lining the dog up for the memory birds after receiving the go bird. I tended to mess with him so much, I caused more confusion than actually helping him.

    Took me a long time to realize that I was the problem... When it finally dawned on me what I was doing and I knocked it off, the dogs performance improved immensely. I had fallen into the trap of trying to handle in a manner similar to some of the more experienced handlers on the circuit at that time... Almost subconsciously... But the dog had no clue.
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    The mistake I see is not giving the dog time to line up and focus on the next bird. I've seen several handlers that look more like matadors than retriever handlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun_Dog2002 View Post
    Forgetting they are testing not training.

    /Paul
    And vice versa therefore letting the dog get away with things and form bad habits just because "I wanted to see if he could do it".

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    As others have said, everything is done too fast. Take more time at the line. Slow down and let the dog see the stations before calling for the birds. When the dog comes back with the retrieve, slow down and help the dog line himself/herself up for that next bird, settle in, take bird, let dog shake, settle in and lock, then send. There isn't much point in sending a dog for the bird if the dog isn't settled in, and hurrying doesn't improve chances of success. It is hard to not let adrenaline take over .
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    Poor attention to spine angle on sending I think is the #1 I see. This is regardless of how much time they take to line the dogs. A lot of handlers only pay attention to where the dog's head is looking. Some dogs save their handlers, some go off to nowhere in a hurry.

    Another problem I see, not that it affects the marks as much, but I have seen a rush to grab the bird from a dogs mouth. Typically the dog has a sloppy delivery. I think they are thinking they are helping the dog deliver to hand, when in fact, they are creating/enforcing the sloppy delivery. I will say I see this in HT and rarely see it in FT (only once by an amateur).
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